Lily Aldridge has recalled how she “cried for five days” the first time she was targeted by online trolls.
The California-born model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion business and has landed gigs for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Levi’s, and Bulgari.
Despite her success in the industry, Lily has had her experiences with social media critics, and in an interview with The Allure Podcast, remembered one particularly difficult time.
“I remember the first time I got paparazzied on a blog and I was like, ‘Ohh she’s major!’ and then I read the comments and I like cried for five days. They were so mean, and I was like, ‘This is not it. I don’t want my picture taken anymore,'” she shared. “I still get scared every post, I’m like, ‘I know somebody is going to say something mean.’ It hurts, it does. I don’t think I’ll ever stop hurting when you see someone saying something not nice about you. You try to grow a thicker skin and I definitely have over the years.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Lily also discussed the more positive elements of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and the way in which they have allowed her to communicate directly with her followers.
“When I was a young model, it was really cool to be really mysterious. My idol was Kate Moss, and no one knew what her favourite under-eye cream was. Social media has come around and people want to know more about you. I love doing tutorials and sharing my beauty routines and all that fun stuff,” the 34-year-old commented, noting that she tries to present herself in the most “authentic” way possible. “I am not perfect. I’ve got wrinkles and pores, cellulite and stretch marks – all of it. For my daughter and for future generations, I want beauty to be something that’s about your heart and about who you are and about, the things that matter.”
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