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Fans of famous Japanese cosplayer SaLA were stunned and shared words of comfort after the model shared pictures of her high school self and a story on how she was bullied.
The post, which contained two pictures of her now and two of when she was still in high school, quickly went viral with over 38,000 retweets and 196,000 likes.
— SaLA🍠 (@SaLA_cos) August 5, 2019
“I was born into an agricultural family in Saga Prefecture, and was happy, but I was teased about my facial appearance, and at my high school graduation ceremony, someone made fun of me, saying ‘I’m amazed than you can live with a face like that,’” SaLA wrote in the caption of her tweet as translated by SoraNews24.
“I cried a lot, but worked really hard at learning about makeup and dieting, and now, living in Tokyo, I’m able to enjoy this hobby, and what makes me happiest of all is that I can smile in front of people.”
彼女と花火大会なう に使えそうなやつ pic.twitter.com/49LBUxSjSD
— SaLA🍠 (@SaLA_cos) August 4, 2019
It’s obvious that she puts a lot of effort into her art. However, some of her fans left comments saying that she did not need to feel bad about her looks and other words of comfort.
— SaLA🍠 (@SaLA_cos) February 21, 2019
Some of them wrote:
“You’ve always had a good figure…The people around you just didn’t notice that you were always beautiful, and you’ve just become more so.”
“Even in your old photos, as long as you were a good person, there was nothing wrong with the kind of girl you were.”
The most important thing is to have a kind heart and healthy mind.”
— SaLA🍠 (@SaLA_cos) December 13, 2018
But one comment really hit home for many:
“In the photos from your past, there’s a sadness to your expressions, but in the last one [where you’re wearing a summer kimono], things have completely changed, and you have a peaceful, relaxed look. There really is nothing more beautiful than confidence.”
Featured Image via Twitter / SaLA_cos