Have you ever been bullied? We know how mean girls can be and so does Secret. That’s why they created a program to take a stand against these mean girls. Starting in 2011, Secret created the program “Mean Stinks” to raise awareness about girl-to-girl bullying. This lead to the effort to “Gang Up for Good,” where girls across the country take a stand against this girl to girl bullying.
So in honor of Secret and the “Mean Stinks” campaign, we wanted to show you some celebrities who have overcome teasing/being picked on. Here is a list of the young celebs who have spoken up about their difficult pasts:
1. Demi Lovato — Demi told Seventeen magazine, “I was bullied when I was 12 years old. I’m not saying I was totally innocent — I had my bratty days! But at the end of the day, no one deserves to be bullied. I ended up leaving public school because the bullying got so bad. I just couldn’t deal with it.” After years of struggling, Demi is now in a better place. Her video for “Heart Attack” just past 100 million views online!
2. Selena Gomez — Selena told Cleveland.com, “I was bullied every second of every day in elementary and middle school. Obviously, people are going to bring you down because of your drive. But, ultimately, it makes you a stronger person to turn your cheek and go the other way.” Things are much brighter these days for Selena. She just turned 21 and scored her first #1 album with Stars Dance.
3. Chris Colfer — At the New Yorker Festival discussion in 2011, Chris said, “I was very tiny… I spent most of my time stuffed into lockers. Thank god for cell phones, or I’d still be in there.” Sorry bullies, but Chris is now on one of the top-rated shows on television, Glee!
4. Jennifer Lawrence — She told The Sun, “I changed schools a lot when I was in elementary school because some girls were mean… They were less mean in middle school, because I was doing all right, although this one girl gave me invitations to hand out to her birthday party that I wasn’t invited to.” I bet that girl is sorry she didn’t invite J.Law to her party now! Everything this Oscar-winning star does these days turns to gold.
Girls can visit the program’s Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube channels. On these sites, girls can share how they’ve successfully “ganged up for good.” They can also share their own experiences with bullying and offer others words of encouragement and advice. If you;ve been a victim of bullying, log on to Facebook.com/meanstinks or MeanStinks.com to share your story and take a stand against mean girls.