Turns out Kylie Jenner has a purpose in this world beyond getting her makeup done and taking selfies that test the limits of our personal comfort. The youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is actually standing up for a cause and no, the cause has nothing to do with making brown lipstick more available worldwide (though she is on that beat, too). The teen reality TV star has launched the #IAmMoreThan campaign, which aims to address the problem of bullying. In a series of Snapchats, Kylie explained her latest project.
Kylie is sharing stories of six people who have overcome bullying in their day. “I’ve gotten to talk and bond with all of these people whose stories you will see on my page,” she says in an Instagram post. “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. I’ll be reading as much as I can so that some of you can be a part of this as well! Let’s do this.” Kylie says that she, too, has been a victim of bullying since she was nine, growing up in the spotlight.
The first #IAmMoreThan story is of 21-year-old Renee DuShane who has Pfeiffer Syndrome, which she explains 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.” DuShane also shares that in spite of her appearance, she hasn’t really had to put up with bullying growing up because of her close-knit community. Things changed when she entered college, but it still empowered her to put her face out there and confront her insecurities. “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.” DuShane started sharing photos of herself online after getting inspired by what she saw on Tumblr. “It’s so hard to keep myself from responding to the negative comments. Even harder is keeping my friends from getting angry.”
It’s always nice to see a teenager doing something productive and positive with their time besides primping, so kudos to Kylie for dedicating herself to this cause. We can’t help but give her props using her enormous platform for something positive.