The award-winning MTV Base presenter Kim Jayde has always been an advocate for mental health awareness as she shares her experiences of the cyberbullying she has encountered during her rise to fame. Although the media personality is constantly smiling, she has always been open with sharing all the hate she has received via DM’s. ‘Trolls’ have not only insulted her but she has also been body shammed and has received sexually inappropriate content from random men on social media.
The influencer acknowledges how blessed she is and how far she has come in her career, however, reading negative comments from trolls on a daily has caused her to be vulnerable. “As blessed as my life is, reading comments and DMs like this used to bring me to tears daily,” she said. Her coping mechanism towards the bullying and her past trauma has been therapy which she recently started attending in January this year. The model has said that therapy has only made her a better human and she encourages people to be kind to others reminding victims of bullying “How special and smart and deserving of love you are”.
Mihlali Ndamase is considered one of the fastest-growing beauty influencers and YouTubers in South Africa having 339K subscribers and 1,4 million followers on Instagram. On the SABC 3 show ‘Unpacked’ with Relebogile Mabotja, Mihlali speaks on how therapy helped her deal with the loss of her father in 2018 and encourages the second guest on the show, TikTok star Witney Ramabulana to try therapy. The content creator says she’s very big on protecting her mental health and besides therapy, whenever she is at a low, she turns to gospel music, saying a little prayer or finding inspiration from other YouTubers saying there’s “Therapy in Social Media”.
With ‘Mihlali’ always trending on Twitter, she says negative comments often come from people who create their own narrative or people who are insecure. As much as she does not reply and simply reacts by blocking, she does choose to speak up at times being cautious towards all her young followers.
Witney Ramabulana who has 1,9 million followers on TikTok expresses how not having a father figure killed her confidence and it is still an issue she has not dealt with personally. In order to gain confidence, TikTok became her ‘Happy place’ where she could truly be herself and although she has been successful, she does share the cyberbullying she has encountered with people calling her “ugly” or telling her to “hang herself” saying the way she deals with hate is through deleting comments but will consider Mihlali’s advice on therapy.
As much as we know Kim Jayde and Mihlali Ndamase for taking over in the fashion or beauty space, they still encourage not only the youth but society as a whole to speak up on mental health and never shy away from therapy.