Beating the Bullies

CURVY GIRLS STAR ROSIE MERCADO STRIKES DOWN TRASH-TALKING TROLLS WITH GRACE AND INSPIRING WORDS AFTER ‘PINUP’ POSE STIRS CYBER BULLYING

Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t seem to stop in high school.

In a rather distasteful display of shamelessness and stupidity, Internet trolls have cyber attacked plus-size model Rosie Mercado recently via Pinup Girl Clothing’s (PUG) Facebook page.

The reason for the unprovoked harassment? Well, because Rosie is big and beautiful. Go figure!

The debacle started on the social networking site last month after Pinup Girl, which is not exclusively a full-figured but rather a progressive all-inclusive fashion line that creates “nifty threads for girly-girls and bodacious bombshells,” included a sexy shot of Curvy Girls star Rosie modeling PUG’s fab new Lucky Green Erin Dress.

We won’t reprint the nasty comments left by the Internet trolls, but trust us, it was uncalled for and unsettling — so much so that Pinup Girl staffer Micheline Pitt removed the posts and chastised the trolls with a warning: “If you guys don’t have anything nice to say or want to insult the model, photographer, dress, anything, I WILL REMOVE YOUR COMMENT. If you are mean or rude I will BAN you. Micheline.”

And one Pinup Girl fan, Alyson, posted what we were all thinking: “I can’t believe how hard everyone is trying to troll on this model. Srsly, I hope she doesn’t read this.”

Well, Rosie did read the comments, and she responded in the sensible and inspiring way that you would expect from one of the plus-size fashion industry’s most charismatic and likeable models.

“To those who love it, thank you,” Rosie responded. “To those who hate it, thank you!!! I am proud to represent a company that stands for plus size diversity in all that they do. They don’t show you a possibility or a dream; they show you a reality  that at any size, we choose what we wear and that we are beautiful in different shapes and sizes. So, ladies, focus on the positive, move forward…Love yourself – don’t wait for someone to accept you!!!!!”

nuvoTV dialed up Rosie recently to get the 411 on the situation and find out how one of our favorite Curvy Girls is feeling after her fabulously-shot fashion ad sparked a storm of unnecessary controversy.

nuvoTV: Sometimes, when dealing with people like the ones leaving nasty comments on Facebook, it’s good to not even give them enough respect to respond. Why did you feel you needed to respond in this instance?

ROSIE MERCADO: I felt that I needed to respond not [only for] the women that I represent and who follow my work, that believe in and support me; I felt the need to stand up for myself.

Sometimes, as women we go through a journey where we may not know the best way to respond to attacks or negative comments. I want women to know it’s OK to use your voice with love and for a great purpose! I had to stand up and say enough is enough; show women to let people hear their voice in a strong but respectful manner.

As a strong woman, I have a voice and it will be used for good, encouragement and inspiration. We all have a story and it’s our responsibility to share it with the world because we have an opportunity to heal our lives and others. You never know who is watching you, and you will never know how strong a loving word will impact someone’s life forever.

On the debut episode of Curvy Girls, a random passerby makes a very nasty comment while you’re doing a shoot on the street. What was your reaction when you saw the playback of that scene? And how do you always manage to keep such a good outlook when confronted with these challenges and insensitive feedback?

Life is beautiful! As long as I am living and breathing, I am here with a great purpose! I am a powerful, loving, faithful, determined, healthy, strong, smart, passionate woman living the life of my dreams now! I speak faith into my future because I will accomplish my goals!

‘We all have a story and it’s our responsibility to share it because we have an opportunity to heal our lives and others. You never know who is watching you, and you will never know how strong a loving word will impact someone’s life forever.’

 

In life we will have ups and downs but I think it’s how you react to each and every situation that gives you two options: 1. being a victim, which is very easy and doesn’t give you the best results; or 2., the option I prefer: being a victor, which allows me to make the decision to stay focused on my goals and have a strategy, which keeps me motivated and passionate about what is coming! It assures me that I am a winner, that my time of winning is here and the people that have negative comments to say are just distractions on my life journey! I choose to focus on what is important: my family, my dreams and contribution!

We have to learn to love ourselves and be happy with what we have NOW; live a life of gratitude and understand that not everyone is going to accept you or celebrate who you are. And that’s OK. This is not a perfect world, therefore I choose to celebrate myself who I am now and who I am becoming in the future.

I think most of my supporters understand that I am pushing forward not just for me but for them, too, for body diversity. At the end of the day the only control I have is over my actions and my thoughts and sometimes that’s our biggest enemy — our “inside voice.” You decide what you let in and what you let out.

I can’t make everyone happy but I can inspire them through leadership and action to take a positive approach on being proactive on the change they can create!