Lorde Announced As Cybersmiler Of The Month Award Winner for June
Thank you Lorde for sharing details of how you coped with body-shaming from a young age - your story will help and empower others to recognize and celebrate their own beauty. For support with any type of online abuse, follow the links throughout this article.
It’s that time again! Joining the likes of Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Sesame Street, this month’s winner of the much coveted Cybersmiler of the Month Award has been inspiring and empowering people all around the world after sharing personal details of her longterm body shaming hell.
In 2013, Lorde became an overnight sensation with the release of ‘Royals’ propelling her to international fame at the young age of 16, but it wasn’t easy suddenly being the centre of attention. Lorde quickly discovered the dark side of her new career, receiving hateful comments and abuse as she quickly became an internationally recognized star. In a revealing and in-depth interview with NME, Lorde opened up about how people had body-shamed her, calling her all kinds of horrible things and making strange statements like, “she’s got really far-apart eyes.”
All of a sudden, people were bombarding her with abuse and she was struggling to cope with it all and admitted that she was not very good at dealing with fame.
Stepping back from the limelight, Lorde has been working on writing new songs for an upcoming album with an international tour on the agenda. The 20-year-old, reflecting on her past experiences acknowledged that the body shaming could have had an even bigger impact on her life but she had the support of her family which helped her get through the online abuse.
“When it was happening, I was quite overwhelmed by it. But that was a long time ago. If anything, I’ve slowly been getting less famous since ‘Royals’ was really big. Which is totally cool for me… I suck at being famous. And that’s fine.”
Lorde’s struggle with body-shaming and negative comments about her looks is something that is shared by huge numbers of people from all walks of life – we are thankful to Lorde for shining a light on the issues of body shaming and online abuse, reassuring others that they can get through their negative situation however serious or intense it feels at the time.
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