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.)
Mitchell’s story came full circle yesterday when she signed with the prestigious Ford modeling agency.
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”
Ladies, what do you think of Salem’s story?