Kylie Jenner is no stranger to the spotlight. She’s rich and famous and just 18 years old. To some, these benefits will always be worth whatever grief you get from the public. In Jenner’s case, however, the swirling media storm has become caustic; from her overexposed family to questions of her relationship to her changing physical appearance, she’s turned into a prime target for headlines—and for bullies.
Now, Jenner’s clapping back with an anti-bullying campaign, #IAmMoreThan, to highlight those who have overcome experiences with bullies. “For the next six days, 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,” she posted on Instagram Monday. “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.” This wouldn’t be the first time Jenner used her fame for good; the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star recently spent part of her birthday celebrations donating to a children’s hospital.
Check out the first #IAmMoreThan post below and stay tuned to Jenner’s Instagram page over the next five days to follow the campaign.
Caption: #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.