LYNELLE CANTWELL IS a Canadian teenager at Holy Trinity Regional High in Newfoundland – which is also referred to as HTH.
Earlier this week, an anonymous student in her class created a poll on ask.fm with this title:
Once Lynelle realised she was included as one of the four options, she wrote a rather excellent Facebook post in response:
To the person that made the “ugliest girls in grade 12 at hth” ask.FM straw poll. I’m sorry that your life is so miserable that you have to try to bring others down. To the 12 people that voted for me to bring me to 4th place. 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 i’m sorry for you. Not myself. I’m sorry that you get amusement out of making people feel like shit. I’m sorry that you’ll never get the chance to know the kind of person i am. I may not look okay on the outside..
She finished her post with another winning argument:
But i’m funny, nice, kind, down to earth, not judgemental, accepting, helpful, and i’m super easy to talk to. Thats the same for every other girl on that list that you all put down. Just because we don’t look perfect on the outside does not mean we are ugly. If thats your idea of ugly then i feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.
Since her story has been picked up, she spoke to Buzzfeed Canada about how the whole thing has worked out so well for her:
It was just amazing to get the support I was getting from people. It boosted my confidence 100%. I have more confidence now than before the poll.
She certainly won that round.
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