What exactly is the definition of beauty? Is it somebody’s skin colour? flawless skin? or perfect body shape?
Beauty is one of the words that have been greatly misunderstood and distorted. People have formed images in their heads of what they want beauty to be.
Aileen Audrey has become an object of cyber bullying after winning the hotly contested Miss Maseno pageant which was held on 23 March this month. Her crime? Not being “beautiful” enough to be the face of Maseno University.
Some netizens took to social media to troll and created mean memes to humiliate her. It is so sad that those humiliating her opted to use her skin colour as the reason as to why she didn’t “deserve” the title.
The event judges however made it clear that their decision was based on professionalism purely and not mere looks.
A number of influencers have since taken to social media to offer her support through hash-tags such as #IstandwithMissMaseno and #blackisbeautiful. The supporters also cautioned netizens against bullying her or anyone else online as cyber bullying is one of the major causes of depression and suicide.
Below are some of the comments:
Beauty with a purpose! Not many understand what this means. It’s the beauty in the purpose. To be King or Queen, you have to offer humanity more than that pretty face!! #IstandwithMissMaseno #beautyinside @MwalimuRachel @ShaffieWeru @KameneGoro @cecilia_akinyi @burale1 #tremor pic.twitter.com/nKIW5Z11mO
— Mr. University Kenya 2018🇰🇪 (@teflondonke) March 25, 2019
We are so proud of Aileen – our very first Miss Rusinga – who won the coveted Miss Maseno University title, this past weekend! ❤️#CelebratingDiversity#BlackIsBeautiful#BlackDontCrack pic.twitter.com/6872ng2NpK
— Rusinga Festival (@RusingaFestival) March 25, 2019
Cyber bullying is ugly,it’s like stubbing someone through the heart but with words it wounds the spirit. Typing ugly opinions about someone who has done nothing to you but believed in herself to the point of them trying to commit suicide is just despicable! #istandwithmissmaseno pic.twitter.com/0CbNUtwACh
— Lynn M David (@thatgirlynn) March 26, 2019
We need to be cautious about how we express our opinions on social media. This is one of the reasons for the growing suicidal cases among the youth. For all those who posted this, it is wrong, this is cyberbullying!#IstandwithMissMaseno#endcyberbullying #MentalHealthAwareness pic.twitter.com/a6pZq1FnJ3
— Esther Kimani (@EstherKimaniN) March 25, 2019
Don’t people know that beauty pageant modeling is all about being a role model as opposed to physical looks😤😤this is just ignorance of the highest level. Pageant modeling is not a fashion gala/expo where looks matter more than anything. #IStandWithMissMaseno
— caster bbz (@bz_caster) March 25, 2019