In one of our most popular TWIST polls, we asked our readers to share if they've ever been bullied about their clothes. We were shocked to find that over 45% of participants shared that they have been picked on because of their outfits – but it turns out that even the most stylish of celebs get criticized for what they wear.
"I have had the opportunity to do some modeling lately and I love it. Fashion is my passion, so this has been awesome," she explained. "Some of the clothes and makeup in my recent photo shoots are high-fashion, but I want everyone to remember it is a job and I am trying to do what the photographer it looking to create. So many people criticize me for the clothes and the makeup, but I try not to let them hurt me and want them to know, I am just doing my job."
While we love that Francesca has fun trying out bold styles, some fans have said her dramatic looks – like faux piercings and over-the-top makeup – are too mature for the 12-year old.
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Francesca has made it a point to share that she's not trying to grow up too soon, she's just having fun and doing her job. She also understands that mean comments are just a downside of social media – a space that can be supportive and fun and a place for bullying to thrive.
"I think sometimes I have a love/hate relationship with social media," she shared. "I have found that by posting you can reach so many people all over the world. You can show how you treat others and what you do to be a good person by letting others know about charities and organizations. Also, it is just a fun place to get to know what different people from all over the world are doing."
"[But] the disadvantages are people using social media for bullying. They can hide behind their computers and phones and say mean, ugly and hurtful things to people they don’t know or to people they want to hurt. This can ruin someone’s whole life," she adds.
"I also think social media can make people feel badly about themselves. People care so much about how many followers they have, how many likes they get and I think this is not good for people’s self esteem. I think people, girls and boys need to realize that it really isn’t important what strangers think. You don’t know so many of the people on your accounts these days and you shouldn’t look to strangers for likes or comments."
"What is important is to have real relationships with real people," she asserts. "You don’t need to have people you don’t know looking at your personal life and letting them judge you so you can have more followers. My situation is a little different because I’m in the public eye, but if I weren’t I would really only want people I know and care about to follow me because I know they would want the best for me. Make sure you have good friends and family and remember it is what they think about you that matters."
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