Tuesday 26 September 2017

I never get dressed with randomers on Twitter in mind

Holly Carpenter and right Lisa McGowan
Holly Carpenter and right Lisa McGowan

Holly Carpenter

Lisa McGowan was chosen as the Best Dressed Lady at the Galway races last week. The Co Offaly woman was thrilled to scoop the €10,000 prize after her white-and-grey dress was a hit with judges.

While it should have been a happy time for the young insurance broker, her celebrations were cut short when she was faced with a barrage of nasty comments online.

In a Facebook post, Lisa made a list of the hurtful comments that were written about her including 'droopy boob syndrome', 'should have worn a bra', 'make-up atrocious', 'fake Hollywood smile...'

While Lisa joked that she and her 'A cups' were laughing it off, she pointed out that other young girls may not be as thick-skinned and that comments like this can hurt.

Lisa McGowan, from Tullamore, Co Offaly, who was named best dressed lady, pictured with racegoers at the Galway Races in Ballybrit, Co Galway. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Lisa McGowan, from Tullamore, Co Offaly, who was named best dressed lady, pictured with racegoers at the Galway Races in Ballybrit, Co Galway. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

"Lots of other girls are more sensitive, so think before you unleash your nastiness on your keypad. Self-harm, depression, anorexia, suicide... lots of you harming others out there with your comments," she wrote.

I have a lot of respect for Lisa for being able to have a laugh about the online abuse and for rising above it, and I agree that people need to think before they type.

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It's impossible to know what's going on in anyone's personal life and by writing cruel comments online you could be pushing them over the edge.

I have been at the receiving end of online abuse and it's not nice.

I've been put in the 'sack the stylist' section of magazines in the past and I've been able to laugh that off, either because I actually liked what I was wearing or because I totally agree and can't believe I left the house in whatever outfit they're talking about.

Lisa McGowan from Tullamore Co Offaly winner of the prestigious g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed lady competition on Ladies day of The Galway Races with some revellers
Lisa McGowan from Tullamore Co Offaly winner of the prestigious g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed lady competition on Ladies day of The Galway Races with some revellers

Sometimes people target an insecurity and I find if I'm already having a tough time, then reading a mean comment can naturally just make me feel worse.

I don't get dressed in the morning aiming to please randomers on Twitter that I have never met.

The fact that comments were made about the winner's body, however, is too far. It saddens me to see that the majority of comments were made by other women who should know better.

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