Anum Tanoli’s sudden death was a shocking news for everyone. The young model committed suicide after battling depression and being constantly bullied. However, while this should have made other more sensitive and careful about the words they utter, they continued to be careless when it came to judgement.
Following Anam’s death, Momina Mustehsan shared her own struggle by posting photos from the time that she was experiencing depression which led to her being attacked for misinterpreting depression and mental illness.
Stylist Anaum Hammad reposted Momina’s photos declaring, “Depression does not look professionally clicked with this pretty, sad girl aesthetic.”
The stylist shared her personal experience and added, “To have an individual misrepresent depression this way is insulting to me. I feel sick to my stomach and angry. Misrepresentation of mental illness and the disability to truly understand it is a huge part of the problem. How can you take this responsibility so lightly?”
Well known fashion photographer Muzi Sufi also agreed with Anaum’s views.
Sharing screenshots from Anaum and Muzi’s Instagram story, Momina replied to the attacks. “Enough is enough,” she wrote.
“If someone is brave enough to let someone photograph their broken self in a time of extreme turmoil, she should be encouraged and given strength, instead of being judged and described as a ‘pretty, sad aesthetic girl’.
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(The screenshots after my statement are from @muzisufi @anaumh’s instagram) More now than ever, these things need to be addressed. I’m not one who pays much heed to what other people say, especially on social media, but the narrative around mental illnesses and depression needs to stop being jeopardized. Enough is enough. It’s important to call out people who put others and their emotions down, judge them for no reason and spread hate. The credibility of someone’s pain/turmoil isn’t for you to judge. As @marixm_g99 commented, “The aim is to de-stigmatize, not compete in who’s the better depression representative” @pictroizzah #BullyingIsCriminal #BackOffBullies @anaumh @muzisufi
“The credibility of someone’s pain/turmoil isn’t for you to judge,” she stated requesting the world to be kinder.