Backlash to model’s low-cut dress pic ‘made her want to delete herself’

A model told of her online bullying hell after receiving a bombardment of abuse for promoting a sushi restaurant on Instagram.

Emily Hawthorne, 20, was left having a panic attack after posing in a low-cut dress to advertise an eatery on Valentine's Day.

Japanese restaurant Maki & Ramen issued a statement condemning the shocking abuse Emily received.

Emily said she wanted to "delete herself" and was appalled by the misogynistic comments posted by other women.

She said: "I happened to check the comments to see how the photo was doing and the number of vile things being said about me was truly shocking.

"I was physically shaking. I had a panic attack and I thought: 'I want to curl up in a ball and delete myself.'

"What was genuinely dreadful was that most of the comments were from women, saying rude things and tagging their friends.

"I was always taught that women should support women, so to see the harsh comments from females was horrible."

Emily told how she was bullied at school, prompting her to leave aged 15 with no qualifications.

The aspiring model, from Longniddry, East Lothian, Scotland, said: "I was bullied to the point I was depressed, upset and a danger to myself.

"The tragedy of being a victim of bullying in this day and age is that, once the taunting has finished at school, it moves online.

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"People from school would take photographs from my Facebook page and edit them to troll me on Twitter and compare me to horrible things.

"At school, I was shoved in the corridors, people threw stuff at me and taunted me online, which led to me leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, which is disappointing because, growing up, they are very important.

"I felt let down, small and alone – flash forward a few years, and I now have amazing friends, lovely supportive people in my life and I love the content I put out into the world.

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"I will never forget what I went through and how my bullies made me feel, but we should focus on building each other up, encouraging others to be the best they can be and remembering the Caroline Flack movement 'Be Kind'."

The restaurant responded to the bullying on social media: "As an all-female marketing team, we would like to express our hope that women can dine in their homes in this time of great challenge, dressing however they feel comfortable, without receiving comments of a judgmental or derogatory nature."

Emily is leaving her full-time job in pensions to pursue a career in modelling.

She added: "What hit home with this one is that it wasn’t people I went to school with. It was from strangers, adults who had children and a life of their own.

"When I saw those comments coming through, I just crumbled.

"I would never lash out at anyone who posted those comments, but I would like to say I am someone’s daughter, sister and friend.

"Imagine if someone was to say these things to someone you cared about."

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