Kylie Jenner is notorious for being one of the most influential teens on social media, and it looks like she's using her platform to do some good. With 34.5MM followers on her Instagram page and growing, it's nice to see that the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner crew is doing more than posting pouty-lipped just selfies. On September 1st, Jenner launched her #IAmMoreThan campaign on Instagram to take a stand against bullying. Her post read:
“For the next six days, I will be sharing stories of 6 incredible people who have become heroes in their own way by taking #bullying and turning it into something positive. I’ve gotten to talk and bond with all of these people whose stories you will see on my page. I think you will all fall in love with them just like I did.”
The first story was that of Renee DuShane, a 21 year old college student with Pfeiffer Syndrome. The way that Jenner talked about DuShane, it was clear that this was more than just a photo-op and a hashtag for the reality star. It was a moment to educate and empower other people who might be going through the same thing.
In today's age, social media can be used for good just as quickly as it is used for bad. The digital world has opened up a platform for people to stay connected but has also become a way to bully others, many times completely anonymously. Roughly 25 percent of teens have admitted to being repeatedly bullied online, and 52 percent of kids in general have reported they have been cyber-bullied. As tough as those stats are, movements like the one that Jenner created that help push back with positivity and empowerment. We took to Instagram to see other people who were using the hashtag so that we could be inspired by their stories, even if they weren't one of the six that Jenner has chosen to showcase.