Kylie Jenner, the daughter of reality show celebrities Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner, is using her star power to accomplish some good in the world. U.K.-based the Mirror notes that the 18-year-old model recently launched an anti-bullying campaign via Instagram, encouraging her 34 million followers to engage with her as she shares stories of compelling figures who have overcome abuse by their peers.
“For the next six days, I will be sharing stories of 6 incredible people who have become heroes in their own way by taking #bullying and turning it into something positive.”
Jenner calls her online initiative #IAmMoreThan. She is touting the interactive nature of social media as the driving force for change in both virtual and real-world peer relationships.
The first biographical vignette shared by Kylie Jenner as part of #IAmMoreThan was the story of Renee DuShane, a 21-year-old woman who was born with Pfieffer Syndrome.
DuShane describes her condition as “a genetic disorder where the bones in my face don’t really know how to fuse correctly so part of my jaw is really small. I had to have surgery when I was born so that my brain could grow.” Jenner hails DuShane for her accomplishments and self-confidence, ultimately relating the young woman’s struggles to her own personal trials.
“She is so awesome & inspiring. Renee taught ME that #IAmMoreThan the negative comments that I read.”
The online project is something of a departure for Kylie Jenner, who is often the target of scrutiny from star-watchers and media outlets. As previously noted by Inquisitr, Jenner’s extravagant birthday celebration was a virtual primer in the excesses of today’s celebrity culture. Further, much of the publicity involving Jenner over the course of the past few weeks surrounds her high-profile relationship with rapper Tyga and a quasi-feud with Tyga’s ex, Blac Chyna. International Business Times reports that Kylie and her family are worried now that Blac Chyna and Amber Rose, ex-girlfriend of Kim Kardashian’s husband Kanye West, appear to have landed their own reality show. The Kardashian-Jenner-West clan is understandably concerned that Rose and China may share some unseemly secrets of the superstar family once the program gets rolling.
Petty squabbles aside, Kylie Jenner might be on to something with her present endeavor. While six days of consecutive social media posts is not exactly a Herculean effort for a socialite worth millions upon millions of dollars, she does have the ability to touch many lives and pay a tiny fraction of her good fortune forward — figuratively speaking, anyway. In the end, she can make a powerful statement of what is possible when ego is put aside for the benefit of a greater good.
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