17-year-old Tayja Jones didn’t plan on going to her prom but after being persuaded by close friends and family to go, she got dolled up and stepped out feeling like a million bucks. “I felt good and I was happy,” Jones told a local Fox affiliate.
After having a great time, she posted a photo of herself on social media and called it a night. The next morning, she woke up to hundreds of negative body shaming comments after her photo made its way around the internet, going viral for the wrong reasons.
“People I didn’t know were just like, ‘That dress is not for her. She looked like a fat something.’ It was just really hurtful. I was so confident the day before and it just changed my view of myself.”
In addition to the nasty comments though, there were also lots of positive messages coming Tayja’s way from people far and wide who wanted to remind her how beautiful she was. Even Kelly Rowland took notice.
Tayja Jones you are beautiful and fabulous doll! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/M7m2amAFkI
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) May 3, 2016
Miss Tayja Jones-Banks u slayed! Love it! The haters are not sure how to handle confidence…they lack that trait. pic.twitter.com/8SstbWsly7
— Trish (@Every1luvsTrish) May 3, 2016
Tayja Jones-Banks!! Queen! If you're reading this you looked absolutely incredible at prom and anyone saying otherwise is blind ❤️❤️
— • (@gaIaxygirls) May 2, 2016
— The Bartender (@TynearaDaVinci) May 1, 2016
tayja jones should not have had to deal with that level of hatred, what a strong individual and such a beautiful soul
— ✨ˢᵉᵃᶰ✨ (@worldprincexx) May 3, 2016
To the people making fun of Tayja Jones Banks … Have you looked in the mirror lately ? Got some damn nerve
— Petty Wap . (@Miss_Pierre) May 2, 2016