When Internet trolls start attacking, the best thing to do is to clap back — and that’s exactly what Instagram model Cailey Darling did after receiving some negative comments on one of her photos.
According to the Huffington Post, just after the Grand Junction, Colorado-based model posted a picture of herself wearing a swimsuit from fellow Instagrammer GabiFresh‘s new Swim Sexy swimwear collection on May 18, she immediately received negative comments on the way she looked in the sexy monokini.
But the naysayers didn’t get the best of Darling, who proceeded to post a similar photo the next day, this time with a caption composed, aimed and fired at her haters, says the Huffington Post. Explaining that she found beauty in others after trying not to judge passersby on their appearances, she consequently began to see her own innate beauty.
“It took a long time to apply those concepts to my own body,” she said. “It started with letting go of judgement of others.”
But Darling didn’t stop there. She then offered insight on what tearing down others means to her.
“I hope you notice in my arguments that I try very hard not to bring appearances into an argument because I believe if you’re making fun of someone’s weight, clothes, teeth, makeup, hair, etc., then you have run out of material and you do not have anything to argue about anymore,” she explained. “If you’re bringing someone down for appearances during an argument, then you’ve lost the argument.”
The Huffington Post says Darling continued to take down the trolls, posting yet another photo the following day accompanied by a caption that said she won’t let such negatively hold her back from living “unapologetically.”
Sharing with the Huffington Post that she decided to respond to the negativity with several swimsuit pictures to show that the hateful words don’t affect her, Darling said in a photo caption that she sometimes calls out her Instagram haters by name. But, she told the Huffington Post that she singles out those who post positive comments much more than she calls out individual naysayers.
“I get messages all the time from people who thank me for responding to troll comments because they never knew how to stand up for themselves in that situation,” she explained, “and now they have a good idea of what to say when faced with bullying.”
Thank you, Cailey Darling, for fighting back with both passion and grace.