Ashley VanPevenage is a young American lady. After suffering an allergic reaction, Ashley asked her friend MakeupByDreigh to help cover her acne. After applying the makeup, Ashley’s friend shared a before and after photograph on her Instagram account. A few days later, a University Student decided to tweet the image with the caption “I don’t understand how people can do this and I can’t figure out how to conceal a single pimple on my face.” The image was then reshared by another Twitter account where it received thousands of retweets. The image was then shared across other accounts some of which added a cruel caption to the image. Before she knew it, Ashley had become an internet meme with her image being viewed by thousands of people around the world.
After reading cruel and hurtful comments, Ashley eventually had enough and decided to speak out in a video where she said: “Some days I will read through the comments and just see how cruel people can be, luckily, my family hasn’t had to deal with any harassment, it has just been me.” She also added, “My advice for people who may have to deal with this in the future is it doesn’t matter what people say about you or what they think about you.” “Everyone is beautiful inside and out.”
Although receiving cruel comments was not something pleasant, Ashley decided to turn the situation into something positive. Ashley is using her cyberbullying experience as part of the #CureTheHate campaign. Ashley is doing this by taking a stand against the bullies and acne shaming. Ashley has teamed up with The Tyler Clementi Foundation, a non-profit anti-bullying organisation to share her story to raise awareness to encourage online users to put an end to online bullying and making cruel remarks based on appearance.