An influencer has clapped back at trolls who accused her of ‘faking’ her facial scar after they claimed it had changed in shape, color and placement over time.
US-based TikToker Annie Bonelli, 18, has been dubbed ‘scar girl’ on the video-sharing platform and has faced fierce criticism.
In recent months speculation over her appearance has reached fever pitch as curious social media users set out trying to decipher if the linear mark on Annie’s cheek was real or fake with #scargirl videos garnering more than 400 million views.
But now the influencer has issued a response to the doubters and fiercely maintained that the scar is real having been sustained during a domestic violence incident in 2020.
Annie Bonelli, 18, has been dubbed as ‘scar girl’ on the video-sharing platform for nearly two years, but in recent months speculation over her appearance has reached fever pitch
The influencer has issued a response to the doubters and maintained that the scar is real. She began by rubbing her scar with a makeup wipe to prove she wasn’t ‘drawing’ the cut on
Annie, who has racked up more than 790,000 followers on TikTok, first gained notoriety for her viral lip-syncing videos.
She was initially praised for proudly flaunting a long mark that curves over her cheek.
But doubters began to question whether the scar was a ploy to set herself apart from other online content creators after claiming that it had changed in shape, color and placement throughout Annie’s videos.
One TikTok user made a video taking a closer look at the progression of the influencer’s scar.
In the viral video also posted to the platform, this creator scrolls through the multiple clips that showcase the mark.
She begins by showing Annie’s scar in March 2021 when it was a thin, red cut across her cheek.
Then, comparing it to another image taken in May 2022, the cut appears to have moved towards her jawline.
Next the critic shares an image from September 2022 when she says the scar appears to be significantly thicker, is dark brown, and is almost completely vertical with a very harsh curve to it.
Trolls claimed that Annie’s scar appears to look slightly different in each of her posts and began accusing Annie of faking it ‘for clout’
The influencer then tried to remove the scar once again using a Q-tip and micellar water, but the mark remained intact
The creator concluded by saying she believes the scar is fake and that Annie is ‘trolling’ for clout.
Issuing a final word, she praised ‘scar girl’ for ‘taking advantage of something that she got popular for.’
Another TikTok user decided to take a different approach to the ‘scar girl’ story and shared images of her own facial scar and how it healed.
She noted that she sustained a scar from an operation in October 2019 and added that when scars heal they ‘turn white.’
‘Your face tends to heal a lot faster than other areas. Not trying to be a bully but it’s just hard to believe when I’ve seen what the healing process on your face looks like,’ Sophie explained.
With thousands of others piling into the discussion, the ‘scar girl exposed’ hashtag received more than 30 million views.
But Annie decided that enough was enough and offered a fiery response to the growing speculation.
In an attempt to stop the hate, Annie posted a clip to prove that her facial mark was not a ploy.
She began by reaching for a makeup wipe and repeatedly rubbing her scar to prove she wasn’t ‘drawing’ the cut on.
In recent months speculation over her appearance has reached fever pitch, with #scargirl videos garnering more than 400 million views
The influencer then tried to remove the scar once again using a Q-tip and micellar water, but the mark remained intact.
In the caption, Annie explained that she sustained the injury during a domestic violence incident in 2020.
‘It never fully went away, and neither did my insecurities because when I looked in the mirror I saw the reason behind why it was there,’ she said.
‘Unfortunately, I had a poor reaction to the first topical I tried in an attempt to fade it. I was sloppy applying it as well and this led to a longer injury,’ Annie added as she explained the reasoning behind why the scar had changed in color.
She then noted that she later began receiving ‘super invasive’ treatments and had no clue the procedures would react with her self-tanner.
‘It should get better with time, but unfortunately all of my scars do still heal brown,’ she said.
‘While I don’t think it’s right that people mindlessly comment hate for whatever reason it is, I do make a decision to put myself out on the internet.
‘I’ll never stop using my platform for [domestic violence] awareness and body positivity.’
Annie was forced to reveal that she sustained the injury during an alleged domestic violence incident in 2020
But it seems not everyone was convinced by Annie’s demonstration as trolls continued to pile in
There were those that seemed satisfied with Annie’s demonstration and came out in support of her claims.
In a video shared by a user called Lucy, she said that after doing ‘research’ she believes Annie is telling the truth explaining she discovered that scar treatments such as TCA or garlic ointment can result in cuts turning brown.
But it seems not everyone was convinced as trolls continued to pile on.
‘I mean her dedication to the skit is impressive,’ one user said.
Another added: ‘You can quite literally see it mostly healed in 2021, there’s no way it’s still there and this dark now.’
Others accused her of ‘gaslighting,’ while another user wrote: ‘It literally moves in each video you have.’
Annie has since spoken to NBC News to say that although she didn’t believe the reaction had been fair, she had ‘thick skin’.
‘My parents always told me, “Don’t say things about people’s bodies, don’t make comments about other people, don’t say things about what other people can’t control,”‘ she added.
‘I feel like on social media people get so comfortable, especially with influencers in general, to make comments on things because they don’t always view them as real people. Like, I’m a real person.’
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