Writer Branded 'Too Ugly' For Selfies Hits Back At Trolls
Melissa Blake has hit back at online trolls, posting a series of photos in defiance of the ugly abuse she cops for her disability.
Blake, 38, is a journalist from the U.S. Midwest and says her first love is writing.
Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, ELLE and Marie Claire. She covers relationships, disability and pop culture, as well as maintaining her blog, So About What I Said.
But despite Blake's accomplished career, online trolls have taken aim at her looks and disability.
"People said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly," Blake tweeted.
"So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies."
Blake posted three photos of herself in defiance of the horrendous things people have said about her.
Blake was born with Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, a genetic disorder that effects the bones and muscles, and has had 26 surgeries on her hands, knees, hips and spine.
But she has never let her disability define her, and writing has been a way for Blake to share her voice.
"Writing was always a way for me to express myself and explore my world beyond the confines of my disability," she said on her blog.
This is not first time the Blake has been hit with horrific comments online.
In August, Blake tweeted a collection of comments from readers about her looks and weight.
'Land whale', 'blob fist' and 'Mrs Potatohead' were just a few of the nasty comments written.
"I’m getting so tired of people (read: men) thinking it’s OK to insult a woman’s appearance," she said at the time.
"Yes, my disability makes me look different. Trust me, I know that. I’ve known that my entire life."
Blake went on to say her mission in life is to change the way people with disabilities are treated on a daily basis.
" I’ll continue to fight for change because this can’t be our future too," she said.
"Please, let us be better than this."