‘World’s hottest grandma’ hits back at ‘soul-destroying’ trolls who taunt her
As reported on the mirror
Gina Stewart has a whopping 143,000 followers on Instagram.
And while many of these people shower her with likes and positive comments, her online popularity has also left her subject to the cruelty of trolls.
As well as working as a model, the 48-year-old also happens to be a mother-of-four and a grandmother.
She made headlines around the world last year when she got through to the finals of Maxim’s Finest Australia, beating out hundreds of women who were half her age.
Her success came with a downside though, as strangers began taunting her for the racy photos she shared, saying someone her age shouldn’t be exposing so much of their body.
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❤️The weather this weekend in Australia was amazing for my new house warming celebration. I don’t drink alcohol so this is the closest I got to holding a beer with the lid on lol.A topic was spoken about a lot and that is about online bullying as I am a target most days .Fortunately I have built up a resilience to it but some are not so fortunate and have taken their own lives. I stand behind and am happy to be part of an organisation called icaniwill.org.au @icaniwillaustralia . It’s an organisation working with influencers talking inclusion against online bullying for youth suicide prevention throughout Australia and USA. Words do hurt people especially negative, personal attacks and there are laws in place , so watch out Trolls! Recently Tammy Hembrow @tammyhembrow had an article written about her in the Dailymail regarding online bullying . I stand behind Tammy on this important issue in this ever changing world, our youth are so important to us and having laws to protect anyone from bad online behaviour is a must , as it goes a long way in preventative measures to protect fragile people. I noticed a bunch of negative comments from a lot of people towards Tammy in the recent news article, the very antithesis of what Tammy is standing for , online bullying, shame on those people. A very sad portrayal of human nature. These same trolls attack a lot of people in the public eye and you can see them in the comments section of online news media , ripping people apart about their features and body image, with vicious and defaming comments. I think people need to be educated that laws are now in place and we social media influencers are watching you so be careful. Your words can lead to a suicide. Share your acts of kindness , kindness is easy and simple to practice everyday. Australia’s first conviction of an internet “troll”should be a warning that there are laws that exist to counter bad online behaviour . The Commonwealth Criminal Code Act (the Criminal Code) Part 10 .6 can be used to prosecute individuals who are “trolls” . “Think before you act, if you believe your words are going to hurt someone then think twice. It may cost a life. Gina Stewart❤️
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Gina describes the cyber-bullying as being “soul-destroying” and admitted that it did make her consider giving up her modelling career.
Speaking to The Gold Coast Bulletin, she said: “At first it was soul-destroying and I cried a lot.
“But I’ve learnt to build up a resilience and don’t let is affect me. I don’t really read comments anymore or buy into it. But I can see the effect it has on the youth and people can take their lives because of it.”
She continued: “Sometimes I’m like ‘Ugh, I don’t want to be in the public eye, I hate it.’
“Other times I think I’ve been given this platform and I might be able to do some good with it. I want to help people. I can speak out and help a lot of women, men and all ages through hard stages.”
The grandmother added that everyone should be allowed to be their own “unique self” regardless of age and she urged trolls to “think twice” before posting a comment or sending a message that could really hurt someone.
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