After Lynelle Cantwell read the harsh anonymous comments left on the social media site ask.fm, she posted a response on her Facebook page that has since gone viral, perhaps because it contains a message about self-acceptance that we all need to hear.
"To the person that made the "ugliest girls in grade 12 at hth" ask.FM straw poll. I'm sorry that your life is so miserable that you have to try to bring others down," she wrote. "To the 12 people that voted for me to bring me to 4th place. I'm sorry for you too. I'm sorry that you don't get to know me as a person. I know that i'm not the prettiest thing to look at. I know i have a double chin and i fit in XL clothes. I know i don't have the perfect smile or the perfect face. But i'm sorry for you. Not myself."
Lynelle ended with this gem: "Just because we don't look perfect on the outside does not mean we are ugly. If thats your idea of ugly then i feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life."
Preach, Lynelle. We couldn't agree more. With constant pressure on girls to look model perfect at all times, it's pretty damn awesome to witness a teen like Lynelle who exhibits enough strength to go against the grain, even when mistreating others appears to be the popular thing to do.
Not only was her Facebook message mature, intuitive and spot-on, it gives a voice to girls who have been temporarily silenced by their struggles with confidence and body image issues.
Kudos, Lynelle! Keep representing for unapologetic girl bosses everywhere.