Poor Isabella Gaines. The Port City, NC teenage beauty queen was recently the victim of some cyber bullying, as many are calling it. An anonymous account, NCOT (North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Pageant) No Makeup recently posted the following photo of Isabella.
— NCOT no makeup (@kwurtyup) July 1, 2015
I see the heart eye emoji as saying “I love your makeup!” but understandably, Gaines was hurt by the implication that she is less pretty without makeup. Even though everyone is less pretty without makeup, but I digress. The teen then posted the following to Instagram.
1 Samuel 16:7 For the Lord sees not as man sees: Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. Tonight I received a Twitter notification that directed me to a tweet I found to be offensive and degrading. I used to be very insecure about how I looked without makeup, but I am comfortable in my own skin and have accepted I am not flawless because I know I'm made in God's image. In order to remain kind I follow what I perceive to be the Golden Rule which is "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Rude or ugly comments hurt and destroy self-esteem. Beauty comes from within. I just wanted to remind everyone that you are all beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made in God's image.
And she began a movement. Pageant girls from all over started posting their own #NoMakeupSelfies to social media to prevent cyber bullying.
— Kenzie Hansley (@KenzieHansley) July 1, 2015
— Miss Santa Clara (@MissSantaClara) July 3, 2015
— Christina Benedict (@cnbenedict) July 2, 2015
— Amanda Debus (@RealADebus) July 2, 2015
— Lyndsey Stephens (@BabyLynssss) July 1, 2015
Miss America, herself, joined in on the movement.
Well, they’re all still gorgeous. That sucks..