It's not just glam outfits or bikini pics with Kylie Jenner. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 18, who has 34.5 million followers on Instagram, is using her social media power to share an empowering message.
The "#IAmMoreThan" campaign launched on Sept. 1 with Jenner announcing that she'll share six stories over the next six days of "people who have become heroes in their own way by taking #bullying and turning it into something positive," she shared.
After kicking off the movement with a college student battling a genetic disorder, day two's subject was plus-size model Erica Schenk, 18, who has fought back at haters for her weight. "How pretty is Erica Schenk (@curve_model)?? Erica has been modeling since she was 14 and recently became super popular when she became the first plus size model to be featured on the cover of a fitness magazine!" Jenner captioned the pic of the model in all black with cat ears. "What I love about Erica is she refused to believe the haters who told her that her weight would hold her back from achieving her dreams. She told me that she thinks the most important thing people need to keep in mind is 'to learn how to be your best friend. A lot of people will come and go in your life but they can never do as much for you as you can do for yourself.'"
Schenk responded to the youngest Jenner sister via Instagram by re-sharing her photo, taken by photographer Enrique Vega. "Thanks Kylie for the shoutout and for supporting so many women that struggle with body image," the model wrote.
On the first day of the campaign, Jenner shared the spotlight with Renee DuShane, a 21-year-old college student diagnosed with Pfeiffer syndrome. "Renee described [her condition] as 'a genetic disorder where the bones in my face don't really know how to fuse correctly so part of my jaw is really small. I had to have surgery when I was born so that my brain could grow,'" Jenner captioned her picture of DuShane. "'Right around senior year I started getting anxious about having to explain my condition to all of the new people I would meet in college. It's so hard to keep myself from responding to the negative comments,' she told me. 'Even harder is keeping my friends from getting angry.' Renee taught ME that #IAmMoreThan the negative comments that I read."
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