In Honor of Bullying Prevention Month: We Remember Words of Encouragement from Latinx Celebs
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” Wise words from James Baldwin and a poignant principle at the center of National Bullying Prevention Month.
In 2006 PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center founded the campaign and dedicated the month of October to raising awareness nationwide. Chief among their strategies is loving and positive role-modeling.
We think these Latinx celebrities fit that mold, so we decided to collect their candid shares and remind anyone who might be struggling that you are not alone. And encourage those in a position to help others to take those steps.
It’s hard to imagine anyone bullying the most bomb of the bombshells, but Eva Mendes admitted she was an awkward tween who was targeted in school. What I found most interesting about the story she shared with The Daily Mail was the perspective she gained as a result of the painful experience.
“I had two bullies and they tortured me all through junior high school. At the time I couldn’t understand why they kept taunting me. Only later could I see that I was showing them my fear and that’s what they were pouncing on.”Eva Mendes, The Daily Mail
Jessica Alba told health and wellness magazine, SELF, that she didn’t always live up to the image she exudes today and that made her a target to peers. “I was bullied so badly my dad used to have to walk me into school so I didn’t get attacked,” Jessica confessed to The Daily Mirror. She struggled with her weight growing up, but said through hard work and the support of her parents she was able to find balance, good health and self esteem.
However, even as an adult, mega-star and mogul she too struggles with self doubt and encourages others to work on building self-worth every day.
‘For a long time, I didn’t think I was smart. I felt like an impostor. It’s not until you feel whole in yourself that you fit in anywhere. And it took me becoming a mom to actually feel that way.’Jessica Alba, Self
The Sorry Not Sorry singer has been an ardent advocate for victims of bullying. On many occasions, Demi has shared her battle with suicidal ideation, addiction and self-harm as a result of trauma from bullying. She explained her mission to help prevent it at Van Jones’ “We Rise Against Hate’ tour.
“I know what it’s like to be so depressed after being bullied that you have thoughts of suicide. I know what that’s like. I know what it’s like to harm yourself after that because you don’t feel like you fit in because of how mean people are being. I know what that’s like. And when I had a platform to speak out against it, I wanted people to know that bullying is not OK…because your friends are doing it doesn’t make it cool. And I wanted the people that were being bullied to know that it’s OK and you can get through it if you focus on something that you’re passionate about. For me, it was music. And that motivated me. And I’m here today because it made me stronger and I wanted people to know that you could become stronger through it.”Demi Lovato, “We Rise Against Hate” tour