Inspirational Women

Speak on it: Sarah Jagger on Bullying

At Illamasqua we encourage you to celebrate your individuality and self express through make-up art in all its forms.

Our #YouAreBeauty campaign for November 2016’s Anti-bullying month aims to raise awareness and encourage our fans to speak out about their experiences of bullying. We’ve teamed up with Sarah Jagger, make-up artist extraordinaire and beauty blogger to hear about her thoughts on online bullying, its effects & her advice to those suffering.

Have you or someone you know been victim to trolling? How did it make you/them feel?

In my research for the beauty series I’m working on, I’ve interviewed a number of teenagers who have been victims of trolling. I’ve experienced it myself – there will always be people out there who want to criticise – but nothing compared to the trauma many teenagers go through. There are many people crippled by online bullying. Suicide, self harm and withdrawing from society are on the rise and it’s a long road to recovery. It makes people feel like they are not accepted – not good enough – and no one should ever feel that. Especially because of the way they look.

What would you say to people experiencing online bullying?

Social media may help us to connect however it is also responsible for a new wave of disconnect in the world. We are not our ‘avatar’ and none of us will ever be the ‘perfect’ ideal of beauty standards. If we were, we would cease to be interesting. If anyone ever makes you feel like you are unattractive because you are brave enough to simply be yourself, know that they are not happy people themselves. People only bully because they are hurting and don’t know how to cope – other than make other people feel bad too. If we use social media to creatively express ourselves, it’s a terrific tool, however if you find yourself using it to validate your feelings about your self worth, you may want to limit it. There will always be bullies…but there is only one, unique, beautiful you.
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 What would you say to people who are bullying people online?

What goes around, comes around. If you look at social media accounts of bullies you will find that they receive a lot of criticism themselves. They’re locked in a world of hate. If you are tempted to bully people online, first think about the bullying you may receive in return. We’re all ‘different’, thank god! We should be celebrating that instead of pressuring people into adopting a globalised concept of beauty.

Follow Sarah Jagger on Instagram or twitter  @sarahjaggerink or at sarahjagger.co.uk

Share your story with the hashtag #YouAreBeauty or comment below and let’s stand together against bullying.

At Illamasqua we encourage you to celebrate your individuality and self express through make-up art in all its forms.

Our #YouAreBeauty campaign for November 2016’s Anti-bullying month aims to raise awareness and encourage our fans to speak out about their experiences of bullying. We’ve teamed up with Sarah Jagger, make-up artist extraordinaire and beauty blogger to hear about her thoughts on online bullying, its effects & her advice to those suffering.
We’ve teamed up with Sarah Jagger, make-up artist & beauty blogger for her thoughts on online bullying, it’s effects & her advice to those suffering.

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Nadine Bourne

Nadine Bourne

Writer and expert