Kylie Jenner’s Instagram is filled with selfies of her famous puckered lips and legendary Kardashian booty, but now Kylie is ready to share something a little different with the world. Kylie Jenner is using her Instagram fame to bring awareness to a campaign called #IAmMoreThan, which is dedicated to fighting bullying.
Jenner is posting pictures and stories every day this week of an individual whom has been bullied in one way or another to her Instagram account. The 18-year-old says,
I will be sharing stories of six incredible people who have become heroes in their own way by taking #bullying and turning it into something positive. I’ve gotten to talk and bond with all of these people whose stories you will see on my page. I think you will all fall in love with them just like I did. I want to encourage you, my fans, to share something positive about yourselves.
Additionally, Kylie shared her own feelings on being bullied as a kid, which was not so long ago for the youngest Kardashian-Jenner star.
But I’ve been bullied since I’ve been 9. From the whole world, it feels like sometimes… and I think that I’ve done a really great job in handling all this.
So far, Kylie has shared the stories of two individuals, Renee DuShane and Erica Schenk. Renee DuShane, her first #IAmMoreThan post, is a college student who has what is known as Pfeiffer syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the ways bones in the face fuse and develop. Kylie shares her story about staying strong even when people don’t understand her disorder.
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#Day1 – Renee DuShane (@ALittlePieceofInsane) a 21 year old college student who was born with #PfiefferSyndrome. Renee described it as “a genetic disorder where the bones in my face don’t really know how to fuse correctly so part of my jaw is really small. I had to have surgery when I was born so that my brain could grow.” Renee is so strong willed and a super intelligent girl who told me that while growing up she never had many issues with bullying. "I went to school with all the same kids all the way through high school. Right around senior year, I started getting very anxious about having to explain my condition to all of the new people I would meet in college. I started going on Tumblr and saw lots of profiles of positive, confident people” that inspired her to start sharing her photos even with her insecurities. “It’s so hard to keep myself from responding to the negative comments,” she told me. “Even harder is keeping my friends from getting angry.” It's so important to have a great group of friends. Renee also told me about the tattoo she recently got of her life motto: Stay Strong, Always Love. “Loving is always going to be a better place than hating,” she shared. Check out Renee’s Instagram @ALittlePieceofInsane – she’s showing the world #IAmMoreThan my forehead. I love you Renee! She is so awesome & inspiring. Renee taught ME that #IAmMoreThan the negative comments that I read.
Today, Kylie’s post introduced Erica Schenk, a plus-sized model who has been featured in Women’s Running Magazine, People Magazine, E!Online, and College Candy! While Erica is confident with her body, she didn’t always feel that way, Kylie shares. Although she was bullied, she still had the courage to follow her dream regardless of her body size.
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#Day2 – How pretty is Erica Schenk (@curve_model)?? Erica has been modeling since she was 14 and recently became super popular when she became the first plus size model to be featured on the cover of a fitness magazine! Her cover of @WomensRunningMagazine got attention from outlets ranging from @PeopleMag to @EOnline. Erica’s @Instagram is really inspiring because of her extremely body-positive, beautiful photos she posts of herself. What I love about Erica is she refused to believe the haters who told her that her weight would hold her back from achieving her dreams. She told me that she thinks the most important thing people need to keep in mind is “to learn how to be your best friend. A lot of people will come and go in your life but they can never do as much for you as you can do for yourself.” Check out Erica’s Instagram @Curve_Model – she’s teaching us all #IAmMoreThan the titles they give me. (Photo Credit: @enriquevegaphoto) Erica reminded ME that #IAmMoreThan my body and that my beauty comes from what's inside.
Overall, we’re pleased to see Kylie using her Instagram for the good of the world, not just to update us on her most recent plastic surgeries.