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I was bullied when I was ‘ugly’ – now I’m a model but I’m still ashamed of being skinny

A MODEL has revealed how she was bullied and called ugly as a child before being signed by top agencies – but she’s still ashamed of being thin.

Isabella Demaj shared a recent TikTok which included a flashback to herself as a child.


Isabella Demaj has revealed how she was bullied as a child before being signed to top modeling agencies1 credit: TikTok/ isabellademaj
Demaj shared his experience of body shaming as a child - and as an adult


Demaj shared his experience of body shaming as a child – and as an adult1 credit: TikTok/ isabellademaj

Demaj captioned his video, “I wish I could give him a hug.”

She referred to herself as a child.

In the first half of her video, she showed clips of her modeling and success.

Towards the end of the video, she reverted to a younger photo of herself before becoming a model.

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She wrote over part of the video: “So the kids at school were wrong to say I was ugly?”

One person commented, “You are and were so beautiful omg.”

Demaj posted another video of herself as an adult and shared her more recent experience with body shaming.

Demaj poses in side view in her video to show off her slender figure.

She included a quote she frequently hears from people: “You can’t be body-shamed because skinny is the new beauty standard.”

She captioned the clip: “Because it makes sense apparently.”

While many commenters shared their support for the model, others shared their opinions on the new trends.

“Bbl is the new beauty standard,” one person commented.

The term “bbl” is an acronym for a surgery called a Brazilian butt lift.

There were other mixed feelings about Demaj’s video.

“People are really trying to find ways to be oppressed,” one TikTok user said.

“No matter what body type a girl has, it will never be good enough. We need to stop invalidating other people’s insecurities,” another follower wrote.

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Another commenter said, “no matter the standard, shame is shame.”

The body shaming video garnered over 2,700 comments.


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