A TikToker claims she is being constantly accused of ‘blackfishing’ by online trolls because of her curly hair, lip fillers and fake tan.
Robyn Warren, 22, has hit back at ‘ignorant’ people who say she is attempting to change her natural features to appear mixed race.
She’s even been targeted by an anonymous account, set-up to investigate her heritage and dig up old photos from social media to prove she used to be more ‘white-looking’.
The betting shop worker insists that she has never claimed to be or attempted to look mixed race and her curls are natural, saying she ‘can’t help how she looks’.
Robyn, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, said: ‘The whole reason people initially started attacking my appearance is because they couldn’t get their head around how a white person can have curly hair.
‘Alongside that I wear fake tan and I had 0.5ml of lip filler. It’s literally a tiny bit of lip filler, before that my lips were naturally big anyway and I don’t even wear that much fake tan – I go darker when I’m on holiday.
‘Because of all three aspects people just think I must be mixed race and when they found out I wasn’t they said “you’re trying to be black then” but that’s not the case.
‘I personally don’t think I look mixed race at all and I can’t help how I look. My mum’s side of the family are olive skinned and tan really well so that’s why I tan well when I go on holiday.
‘A lot of them say I backcomb my hair and try to make it look like an afro but it’s literally just my hair – I get out of the shower and put a bit of product in and it dries the way it dries.
‘Once you admit you’ve had a bit of filler people automatically say “you’re trying to be black, you’re not happy with your white features” but the majority of girls I know have had lip filler and wear fake tan, it’s the norm.
‘I literally just do what everyone else does but because of the way my hair is it makes me seem like I’m not white to some people but I am.’
Robyn says the abuse started as her videos on TikTok started to gain attention.
She now has 40,000 followers but still can’t escape the abuse from some people on the site.
She has been forced to turn the comment sections off on most of her videos as she has been inundated.
Robyn says she feels like she can’t win because when she denied trying to change her features to look like a different race, she was then accused of being a ‘racist.’
The ‘expose’ account was set up by a troll who trawled Facebook for old pictures of Robyn but then managed to post pictures of someone who wasn’t even her.
Robyn said: ‘Someone went on my best friend’s Facebook and found pictures of this girl that looks a little bit like me and just assumed it was me but I hadn’t even met my friend by the time the picture was posted.
‘Then they found pictures of me from when I was younger when I used to straighten my hair every day because I hated my hair.
‘They think that was my natural hair and now it’s a perm but it’s the other way around.
‘I started embracing my curls when I was 14 and then it took me years to get them to properly come back.’
The customer service worker says that the online trolls who attack girls like herself online are taking away from the ‘real issue’ of blackfishing.
‘I can see [that blackfishing is] an issue,’ she said. ‘I’ve seen people when you know they’re white and all of a sudden they’ve got box braids and they’re raiding the sunbeds – it’s obvious that they’re trying to look black.
‘But the people that attack anyone online for a bit of lip filler and fake tan just take it way too far. It’s not my intention to look racially ambiguous, I’m just myself.’
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