Transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf has posted a photograph of herself as an 11-year-old boy in retaliation against trolls who called her ‘ugly’.
The former L’Oreal model, 31, took to social media in response to the horrific messages she had received, and over a photo of her circulating around the internet.
Rather than letting the trolls have the last laugh, she shared the same photo with her 42,000 followers.
She wrote: ‘Since this high school photo of me at 11 years old has been doing the rounds on social media over the past couple of days. Let me post it myself to remind those who think it’s ok to call any child ugly – that it isn’t – even if they are now an adult.
‘I am at peace with who I was then, because I’m at peace with who I am now. Posting or sharing a childhood image of me in an effort to tear me down, is a reflection of yr own unrest and discomfort with who u are, it has absolutely nothing to do with who I am physically/mentally.
‘How you see me has no impact to how I see myself. Before you share this photo think about the message that this sends to any child. Cis or trans. I’m strong enough to take it, I shouldn’t have to, but I am. Think about those who aren’t.
‘When I look at this photo I see a sad, uncomfortable, awkward & misunderstood child – who still lives inside of me. But I also see a baby me, the foundation to who I am now.
‘That awkward child became a strong fearless woman. I think that there’s a great beauty in that evolution, even if others don’t.’
It comes a week after she stepped down from her position as LGBT advisor to a Labour MP a week into the job.
She said her decision to step down was due to ‘endless attacks on her character’ and ‘online abuse’ over a former Facebook post were she said ‘all white people are racist’.
She was sacked by cosmetics giant L’Oreal last year for a controversial post responding to the killing of an anti-racism demonstrator at the hands of white supremacists in Charlottesville, US.