Sammy Nickalls
December 03, 2015 9:52 am

Lynelle Cantwell, 17, is a fabulously mature, confident, and wonderful Holy Trinity High School student in Newfoundland, Canada. And when she was subject to terrible online bullying in the form of an “ugliest girls” poll, her response proved just how amazing she really is. She refused to let it bring her down, and her Facebook post that’s now going viral is giving us all a lesson in standing strong, no matter what.

Over the weekend, someone from Lynelle’s school posted a poll on ask.fm, asking members to vote for the “ugliest girl at HTH” by giving participants a list to pull from. Over 100 people voted in this awful poll, and since Lynelle doesn’t have an account, she didn’t hear about it — or that she was a part of it — until she was in math class.

“My friend was sitting behind me and was talking about this list, and I asked what she was talking about,” Lynelle told The Telegraph. “She told me about the poll and told me the girls who were on it, and she said, ‘And. . . you.’”

Lynelle’s friend was also on the list, and the two looked at it on her phone. “Wow, that hurt a little,” Lynelle told The Telegraph. “[But] I was trying to be an example for my friend because I didn’t want her to be upset, so I said it was no big deal. I went to my next class and I was thinking, wow, people can be really mean, and I got upset. By the next class, I wrote the Facebook post.”

Lynelle penned a powerful status addressed to the person who made the poll, saying, “I’m sorry that your life is so miserable that you have to try to bring others down.”

She also addressed the people who voted for her: “I’m sorry for you too. I’m sorry that you don’t get to know me as a person. I know that [I]’m not the prettiest thing to look at. I know [I] have a double chin and [I] fit in XL clothes. I know [I] don’t have the perfect smile or the perfect face.”

But Lynelle knew that this poll just reflected the ignorance of the creator, as well as the voters — and for that, she felt pity for them. “I’m sorry that you get amusement out of making people feel like sh*t,” she wrote. “I’m sorry that you’ll never get the chance to know the kind of person [I] am. . . [I]’m funny, nice, kind, down to earth, not judgmental, accepting, helpful, and [I]’m super easy to talk to. . . same for every other girl on that list that you all put down.”

Finally, she ended it with totally rad sentiment that made us all stand up and clap. “Just because we don’t look perfect on the outside does not mean we are ugly,” she wrote. “If [that’s] your idea of ugly then [I] feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.”

This is a lesson so many of us learn late in life, but that Lynelle already knows at 17: That what matters more than anything is kindness and love—and beauty comes in all different forms, rather than some idealized version that ultimately denigrates women. Lynelle, we think you are absolutely beautiful, inside and out, and thank you for standing up for girls and women all over the world.

(Image via Facebook.)

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