For years, Melissa Blake made her voice heard as a freelance writer, but in the last week, she's become the face of not backing down to bullies. In August, Blake filed an opinion piece of for CNN.com, after the political piece went live it wasn't her message, but rather her appearance that became the target of many. The story included a photo of Melissa, who was born with Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome. Melissa Blake shot back, but the messages kept coming. So she put her mind to work, deciding to post a few selfies to show she wasn't afraid of bullies.
"During the last round of trollgate, people said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly. So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies...," she wrote.
The tweet has been liked close to 300,000 times, and MElissa now has over 60,000 followers on Twitter! Among the responses, one person wrote: "This woman shows what is good about the world. What an amazing human being. Love others. Love yourself."
Melissa Blake is encouraging others to proudly post pictures of themselves as well, tagging them #MyBestSelfie. In the past few days, she's been contacted by several literary agencies & she's considering writing a book. You can support and follow Melissa Blake's journey on social media at: