While growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah Brooke Mangum looked and acted much different than the confident model and television personality you see today. She was chunky, awkward and had a mullet. She says, she was never picked first, and didn’t sit by the popular pretty girls. Needless to say she didn’t have the greatest self-esteem growing up, those types of feelings; not feeling good enough, being an outsider, ugly, different … etc. Never go away no matter how old you are.
Then one summer everything about her appearance changed. She grew a few inches, her body thinned out and the mullet was a thing of the past. With this new sense of self and confidence she went to High School, only to learn that girls are even meaner when they see you as threat. Not a day went by that she wouldn’t hear whispers about her in the hall. Hurtful rumors were everywhere, she hated going to school.
Bullying stops when we decide not to tolerate it any more. If you see someone being bullied say something! Be the hero, you can make a difference.
To all the Bullies out there, you need to quit it and get it together. Your words and actions hurt, and you can never take them back.
To all of you that have been or are being bullied now, you are so much stronger than you think. Hang in there, be brave, and remember these hard times are only temporary. There is nothing better to be than YOU, and don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise.
Brooke is now a successful model, broadcaster and TV personality. She has traveled all over the world modeling for several notable brands and has walked the runway in Paris Fashion Week. She has been featured on the Today Show, WWE Monday Night RAW, and EXTRA TV. Brooke is currently appearing on USA's reality competition series SUMMER CAMP representing anyone who has every felt like an ugly ducklings.
About the Be Good to Each Other campaign
At CustomInk, we believe in the Golden Rule and treating others with kindness and respect. Statistics show that between 20-30% of school-aged kids in the United States have been bullied. That is why we've created the Be Good To Each Other campaign to help increase awareness and ultimately prevent bullying by uniting groups with custom t-shirts.
This is the third year of the CustomInk Be Good To Each Other campaign. With the help of our celebrity partners, the media and you, CustomInk has raised more than $20,000 for bullying prevention efforts. And the power of t-shirts goes beyond just the funds raised - thousands of people continue to wear the shirts they've purchased and spread the word that bullying is not okay!
About our partner: PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center
Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, including students with disabilities.
PACER offers digital-based resources for parents, schools, teens and youth, including:
• PACER.org/Bullying: This is the portal page for parents and educators to access bullying resources, which include educational toolkits, awareness toolkits, contest ideas, promotional products and more.
• PACERTeensAgainstBullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to own an important social cause.
• PACERKidsAgainstBullying: A creative, innovative and educational website designed for elementary school students to learn about bullying prevention, engage in activities and be inspired to take action.
Booster has verified this organization as a legally registered charity. A verified charity, also known as a "501c3", is a charity that has received non-profit designation by the IRS. This "tax-exempt" status means that an organization is exempt from federal income tax if it supports charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary and a number of other causes. Booster uses a database of registered 501c3 non-profits to verify status.