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The Clapback Chronicles: From Being Called a “Bruised Banana” To Getting a Ford Modeling Contract

Avatar • Feb 3, 2017

Sometimes a clapback is less about what is said and more about what is done. Take 18-year-old Salem Mitchell. After posing for a photographer friend her pictures went viral, but not for what she’d hoped — people were clowning her freckles calling her everything from cheetah to bruised banana.

I got popular on social media mostly by people making fun of me… I have a lot of freckles, which I don’t see as a problem, but apparently a lot of people haven’t seen them before. People would say I looked like a banana or a cheetah or like I had a skin disease.”

Mitchell turned the insults on their head. Releasing photos where she posed with ripe bananas. In an interview with the San Diego Voice she explained why.

If people are going to laugh at me, I’m going to laugh with them and I’m going to be in charge of the jokes that are about me. [The bananas] kind of looked like me.”

Mitchell’s banana photos started going viral and photographers began contacting her. The prestige of the gigs escalated, and before long she was posing for Wonderland Magazine, Vogue and Beyonce (modeling clothes released with the superstar’s Lemonade album.)

Source: Beyonce.com

Source: Beyonce.com

Source: Beyonce.com

Mitchell’s story came full circle yesterday when she signed with the prestigious Ford modeling agency.

https://twitter.com/salemmitchell

https://twitter.com/salemmitchell

She took to Twitter to thank her supporters — and her haters.

people making fun of my banana freckles turned into a modeling career, thanks if you’ve ever said anything good or bad it worked in my favor”

Yes!

Ladies, what do you think of Salem’s story?

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Rhi
Rhi
3 years ago

TBH I don’t like freckles and the makeup faux freckles trend made them worse but she looks so cute and pretty. I’m def jealous, always wanted to model but my parents won’t let me or anyone in our fam although people tell us we should be models. Congrats!

Locs Girl
Locs Girl
3 years ago

Thanks to some of the miserable people behind a screen, she’s having the last laugh. Good for her and best of luck with her modelling!

Jinx
Jinx
3 years ago

Yo the clapback is real, bruh she laughing all the way to the bank with this one. This is the true meaning of my haters are my movivaters.

August Dreams
August Dreams
3 years ago

She is such a beautiful young lady. To think the hateful haters helped her in starting a modeling career. Congratulations.

Susie White
Susie White
3 years ago

She makes freckles look so hot. Very beautiful girl. The thing in life is that when you become confident in your own skin and appreciate all your features, no one can put you down. No one can make you feel inferior without your position. It’s awesome how she’s making money off people talking about her (both positively and negatively) and how she posed with a banana to troll them. Haha, love it!

Mary Burrell
Mary Burrell
3 years ago

Good for her she is quite lovely and her freckles are what make her lovely.

Normandy
Normandy
3 years ago

I like freckles. I alway Like freckles. I don’t see anything wrong with them. I think freckles look cute on people.

Fatima Yarie
3 years ago

Great article! She is just beautiful! I love my freckles and I think differences can make our world only richer, we should just celebrate them! xoxo, Fa
FATIMAYARIE.COM

emily
3 years ago

The thing in life is that when you become confident in your own skin and appreciate all your features, no one can put you down. No one can make you feel inferior without your position.

Marquita S.
Marquita S.
3 years ago

She is so beautiful. I call them sun kisses. I say congrats to her. People today are so judgmental and mean as hell.

Japnation
Japnation
3 years ago

It’s not just the complexion, she obviously takes good care of her body, has a good diet and works out, something sorely lacking in the black female community.

0.02
0.02
3 years ago
Reply to  Japnation

“…takes good care of her body, has a good diet and works out, something sorely lacking in the black female community.” What are you talking about? Comments like this really grind my gears. I’m in my mid-late 20’s and most of the black women I know are critical of their apearence and take the steps to keep their body tight and right. Just go on youtube, Instagram, tumblr (type in black fitness) and you will find an entire community of people dedicated to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Making comments like that diminishes efforts. Just cause the ones you’ve come… Read more »

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