Former Bachelorette Ali Oetjen has taken to social media to open up about the pressures she faced to edit her social media photos, sharing a tearful selfie to Instagram. The reality star posted a photo of herself with tears, revealing in the cation she couldn’t sleep because of “online bullies”.
"I started my workout at 5am this morning, earlier than usual because I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep because online bullies comments hurt AND I disliked how so many comments on my recent post were right," she wrote.
"I asked myself, why wasn’t my original photo good enough to share with the world?! At the time I thought, this photo of my face is not 'pretty enough' I have an image to uphold & must make it look flawless!"
Ali added she had decided to share an unedited photo of herself to show that on “bad days” she feels “vulnerable, fragile & sensitive”.
“To the bullies out there; I’m more engaged with my followers online than ever because of my business & so I read comments, react & reply,” she added.
“On my ‘good days’ my mindset stays strong that people’s comments are only a reflection of themselves. But on my bad days they HURT.”
The former reality star and fitness influencer was Australia's Bachelorette in 2018, finding love with Taite Radley. The two are still going strong, and regularly post photos of one another to Instagram.