Melissa Blake a blogger with a rare genetic bone disorder has revealed how she took a selfie consistently for a whole year after being declared “ugly” by cruel internet trolls.
Melissa Blake, 39, from Illinois in the US, having Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, a condition that seriously restricts her mobility. Blake says she was targeted by netizens after she wrote a political blog on CNN a year ago and was trolled by many YouTubers.
Melissa spent the following 366 days sharing a range of selfies all of which she said “truly reflected” her character using the #MyBestSelfie hashtag.
In an article on Refinery29, Melissa said that tweeting a snapshot of her every day has made her feel more comfortable in her own body.
Melissa Said: “For the last year, I’ve followed the same routine every night before I go to sleep: I get out my phone, scroll through my photos, and post a selfie on social media, I suppose it’s become something of a ritual — one that has brought me comfort and happiness, not to mention taught me plenty of lessons.”
She further added: “Truth be told, I never expected to keep posting selfies for a full year, but as the months rolled by, I began to notice something: I was getting to know myself in ways I never had.”
A year ago posting photographs of herself and being compared with a “blob fish” Melissa hit in an emotive thread on Twitter – and she added three bonus selfies.
Melissa said: “During the last round of trollgate, people said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly. So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies.
“[…] I’m getting so tired of people (read: men) thinking it’s OK to insult a woman’s appearance. Yes, my disability makes me different. Trust me, I know that. I’ve known that my entire life.”
Melissa’s twitter post went viral and her followers grew from 7,500 to 109,000. From that point onwards, many other handicapped individuals have reached out with their own pictures and stories which inspired her to keep going.