We may think of models as blissfully unaware of bullying but a new campaign points to the contrary. Models Against Bullying, launched by fashion journalist and stylist, Crissy Leatham, aims to raise awareness of bullying in the fashion industry. The campaign will host a runway show and art exhibit to raise funds for the Jordan Boys and Girls Club of Boston through a silent auction. The art exhibit will consist of each model’s portrait paired with her story of bullying. The campaign has encouraged many models worldwide to come forward with their stories about being bullied.
Before entering the modeling industry, Takiyah White was bullied for her height and weight. “I was uncomfortable with the way I looked because I was called so many names from sticks to giraffe,” says White. Another model, Chelsey Angers, weighs in, People seem to think of models as the typical hot girls that never get teased in school, when really most of us did!”