In the age of social media, it's often easy to feel down on ourselves -- especially when you have countless, seemingly "flawless" Instagram models showing off glowing, perfect skin all the time.
Well, 17 year old Hailey Wait is working to change all of that. She's recently gone viral for sharing glamorous selfies that show off her cystic acne.
"I decided to post selfies showing my acne because I just was so exhausted of hiding it all the time," she told Cosmopolitan in an email. "I figured it would help my followers to know that they weren't alone."
I just really want to thank you guys. Since being more open about my skin imperfections, SO MANY of you have opened up to me about your own struggles and I want to say that I’m truly moved, and incredibly thankful to be supported by so many genuine human beings. I’ve heard your stories and seen more and more of you embrace yourselves for who you are, and to me, that’s the most beautiful thing in the whole world. You aren’t flawless, and neither am I. None of us are, and you don’t need to be flawless to be loved and accepted as a human being. We all have imperfections and we are all capable of greater things beyond our appearances 💖 #thankyou #spottyandcute
Although she routinely faces rude comments from internet trolls, Hailey is determined to stay positive and confident in her own skin -- literally.
"I hope my story regarding acne really helps people to realize that just because you have these imperfections doesn't mean you're not amazing, doesn't mean you can't be successful, doesn't mean you can't be glamorous," she says in an interview with Barcroft TV. "Beauty is so much more than your face."
Excuse my cheesy twitter caption!! Acne is never something to be ashamed of but it’s not something I want to deal with forever, and tbh so far I’m really proud of how far my skin has come. Cystic acne is painful, physically, and even though I still get breakouts, most of the spots I have left are just scars. I’m okay with that. Honestly as soon as I cut foundation out of my makeup routine and stopped giving a damn what people thought of my appearance and once I started caring more about my overall happiness and wellbeing, it started to improve drastically. I’ll be sharing my skincare routine tomorrow, but I’ll be focusing on hormonal info and stuff like that as well ❤️ I love you all very much, and I’m proud of those of you who have followed in my footsteps and embraced ya face! Whether you have acne or not, ur damn fine ok and you deserve love!!! Both can be beautiful.
hey can we all agree to just stop sending me acne advice? I know the intent is good a lot of times but if I didn’t ask, then I don’t need it. It’s just kind of insulting tbh. There’s more to me than my acne. I get thousands of messages a DAY about my acne, and I’m certain that most of you aren’t dermatologists. It’s not as simple as washing your face and drinking water. Thank you :-)