Female Stars Who Were Bullied

“From Victims to A-List Celebrities: Beating the Bullying Culture”

Bullying is an epidemic that many of our Wish Kids know all too well due to their life-threatening illnesses. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center states that children facing life-altering medical situations or a life-threatening illness are two to three times more likely to be bullied. They are not alone. Many of their favorite idols and role models can relate to being bullied.

Several of Kids Wish Network’s female celebrity Guardian Angels know exactly what it is like to be brutally bullied. Their childhoods weren’t quite as glamorous as fans would expect, and they faced struggles with fitting in similar to our Wish Kids. Now world-renowned actresses, singers, and businesswomen, these celebrities prove that no matter what happened in your past, your future can still be bright. Here are Kids Wish Network’s Guardian Angel celebrities’ stories to take as a token of inspiration. No matter what adverse situation they faced, each woman used their experiences to fuel their desire to reach their dreams. They are stronger for having imperfect beginnings and are currently living their own versions of happily ever after.

Demi Lovato, Singer

Wish Kid: Evelyn – spina bifida

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“I had a really tough time when I was in middle school. At 12 years old, I was bullied in school. Girls were calling me fat. So I thought ‘that’s the reason I don’t have any friends.’ So I stopped eating. People would write ‘hate petitions’ [about me] and send them around to be signed. They’d have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They’d come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, and all I wanted to do was get away.” She told Ellen in an interview, that it got so bad she ended up receiving homeschooling. – J14 Magazine

Taylor Swift, Singer/Actress/Businesswoman

Wish Kid: Madison – sacral agensis syndrome

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“A lot of girls thought I was weird. Actually, the word they liked to use was annoying. I’d sit at their lunch table and they’d move to a different one.” – J14 Magazine

Eva Longoria Parker, Actress/Businesswoman

Wish Kid: Katie – plane crash survivor

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“All my sisters were light blondes with hazel eyes,” she has said. “They used to call me ugly duckling. I was the only one with black hair and the only one with dark skin.” – US Magazine

Christina Aguilera, Singer/Actress

Wish Kid: Kayla – leukemia

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In elementary school, girls in the singer’s hometown ridiculed her performances in talent shows and slashed the tires on her family’s car. – US Magazine

Jessica Alba, Actress/Businesswoman

Wish Kid: Alina – heart condition (mitral valve regurgitation)

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As a child, her family moved frequently and she suffered from numerous illnesses. This kept her isolated from the other kids and made it difficult for her to make friends. Bullied in high school, Alba said she got picked on because she was an awkward child with buck teeth and a Texas accent. “I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school so I didn’t get attacked. I’d eat my lunch in the nurses’ office so I didn’t have to sit with the other girls. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn’t have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool backpack.” – The Daily Mail

Rihanna, Singer/Actress

Wish Kid: Amanda – pulmonary hypertension

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Bullied and teased relentlessly, Rihanna told Allure magazine, that she was teased to the point of fist fights because of having “paler skin” compared to other kids. She said, “I was cultured in a very ‘black’ way. But when I got to school I’m being called ‘white’”. She went on the say that they would curse her out and she didn’t understand why. – Allure Magazine

Tyra Banks, Model/Actress/Businesswoman

Wish Kid: Molly – spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy

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“When I was 11 years old, I grew three inches and lost 30 pounds in three months. I wasn’t sick, but people thought there was something wrong with me. I was the brunt of every joke, every bad thing. I hated my reflection in the mirror. I would try to stuff food down my throat to gain weight.” – The Daily Mail

Beyonce, Singer/Businesswoman

Wish Kid: Xavier – sickle cell disease or CVA (cardiovascular accident)

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At school, for example, due the fact she had big ears as a kid, she was called “Dumbo” and was the subject of constant jokes saying her ears were “bigger than her head.” Things were so bad that she recalls wearing her hair in a bun for the first six months of middle school for fear of it being chopped off by bullies in her class if she didn’t. – Inquisitr.com

The key message to take away from all of these celebrities’ stories is one of hope. Each of them was once a regular kid stumbling their way through being bullied, but their determination and perseverance in pursuing their dreams catapulted them to success. They refused to let bullies dictate their futures. From Taylor Swift to Beyonce, their stories prove that anything is possible and no goal is too far- fetched. With unfailing hope and strength of mind, your dreams are within your grasp.

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