Being gifted at applying makeup is an artistic skill. Sometimes the makeup is subtle and highlights your natural features, other times, people can completely transform themselves into another person with makeup. Either way, it isn’t our place to judge how little or how much makeup a person wears. But, apparently some people think it’s okay to attack someone for changing up their look through makeup.
This is Victoria Katei. Victoria is a 19-year-old college student from Texas, who is double-majoring in psychology and biology. Besides being a hardworking student, she is also bomb at doing makeup. Like, she’s ridiculously good at it.
However, Victoria recently shared some disturbing information. She shared a post on her Instagram showing a picture of herself with full makeup and a picture of herself without any makeup. The caption was heartbreaking. Apparently, people had been taunting her online and turned her photos into a cruel meme.
In the post, she said that she felt cute both with and without makeup. However, people some cruel people reacted horribly to the photo of her without makeup. “Recently, it seems like, so many people have something to say about the way I look with or without makeup or about the fact that I don’t post pictures without makeup,” Victoria wrote. “Accounts have been posting pictures of me with makeup versus no makeup telling me I’m a catfish and that I’m hideous.”
Her post was picked up by a few meme accounts, specifically saltygxd, who has 85.3 thousand followers. He shared Victoria’s photos and wrote, “This is the same person … makeup is scary,” over the photo. He then said, “This the reason I got trust issues smh for now on y’all females first date gonna be with me at the pool so I can see the real you.”
Victoria said that the it didn’t stop there with the trolling. People were so nasty in the comments, they were telling her to end her life. “People in the comments telling me to kill myself because I’m lying about my looks. Telling me that no one will love me because I’m so ugly and have to wear makeup to cover my ‘real face,’” she wrote.
Then the criticism moved onto Twitter. One person wrote, “Let me get y’all feedback on this .. (yes she’s the same girl) I think makeup should enhance not alter (not calling her ugly) … I see why some men are truly turned away from makeup. (I still fw makeup tho).” Victoria had the most perfect response to this comment.
“I wasn’t too surprised to see it on Twitter, which is why I quoted it and replied calmly,” Victoria said. “The difference in lighting is what make the difference look so drastic. One picture was midday in the natural light and the other was at night with the harsh yellow light of a lamp. If they would just take time to look at my other pictures they would obviously see that.” Because of the difference in skin tones between the two pictures, a lot of people had accused Victoria of trying to “look white.”
However, Victoria says that she is proud of her skin tone and wouldn’t want to change it. “To the people who think I’m trying to be light skin they couldn’t be any more wrong,” she said. “I love my skin tone and I embrace who I am fully. There is no question I am a brown-skinned black woman.”
Victoria had a thing or two to say about her haters, too. She especially had something to say about the women who were attacking her. “It’s so common to see a woman bringing down another woman to make her feel better or to make those around her feel better when that’s not what needs to be happening at all,” she said. “On the outside, it might seem like a harmless tweet but when it reaches the plethora of people that my tweet reached, all of those negative comments could really have a negative effect on somebody.”
A lot of people came to her defense, too. In the comments of her original Instagram post there is an outpouring of support, and people are defending her from trolls. “Don't listen to them- you wear makeup for you, what everyone else has to say about how you look with or without it is irrelevant and I'm not sure what makes them think they're within their rights to comment on it? The main thing is you love yourself either way,” said one commenter.
Victoria said that she had a lot of people reach out to her and reveal that they were too a victim of online trolling. “I have received a plethora of DMs on my Twitter from women who have gone though the same thing, and it’s so sad to see how hateful and how derogatory other women can be. We should be sticking together instead of bringing each other down,” she said.
However, despite all the negative comments, Victoria got way more support. She is extremely thankful to the people who came out and stood up for her. “Seeing all the women and men who were defending me warmed my heart,” Victoria said. “As a child, I used to get bullied about my looks but now so many people come to my defense and I’m able to defend myself so much better.”