Acne-Scarred Teen Gets Ultimate Revenge on Mean Girls (VIDEO)

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Cassandra BanksonThe mean girls used to call her Pizza Face because of her cystic acne, but it's that acne-ridden face that inspired teenager Cassandra Bankson to upload makeup tutorials to YouTube to help other teens learn to feel good about themselves again. And it's thanks to those YouTube videos that Cassandra got signed as a model who was hired to walk the runway at New York's Fashion Week for Boy Meets Girl this week. It turns out mean girls have nothing on a girl who was raised to believe in herself.

Because that's what got Cassandra Bankson from a high school where everyone picked on her to a runway at the epicenter of the fashion world. She's got a mom who has had to face the same mean girls that mothers of daughters everywhere -- myself included -- fear. Only Jennifer Bankson didn't let them win.

I wish I could bend her ear for a few hours on how she managed it.

The mean girls started in pre-school for us, with catty 4-year-olds who referred to themselves as the "A girls" and cut my daughter and her pal out at playtime. We've since jumped to elementary school, and there lurks a certain kind of cruel that seems to rear its ugly head only when my daughter encounters other females. Boys may decide they don't want to play with her today, but they're forthright about it. Her buddy Chase simply says, "I want to play with X." The girls are more cutting. It's "You can't sit with us," and that's it -- no reason given.

If this is already going on in the first and second grades, I can only look to the teen years and wonder, "How are we going to make it?"

I admire Jennifer Bankson most, perhaps, because Cassandra is a teenager, and she still sings her mom's praises. She seems to have gotten past the typical tumult of the mother/teen daughter relationship, and I can't help but wonder if it isn't because she's thrown herself so obviously into her daughter's corner.  

Jennifer Bankson let her daughter change high schools to escape the bullies, and she told Cassandra she was beautiful even when the acne scars criss-crossed her face. She taught her daughter the most powerful antidote to mean girl mean that there is: you have to love yourself.

And look where it got this girl. She's beautiful, she's smart, and she's living her dream as a model on the runway. She showed those mean girls, didn't she?!

Check out how confident she is in one of her latest videos:

Does your daughter have a mean girl problem? How are you dealing with it?


Image via DiamondsandHeels14/YouTube

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CPN322 CPN322

Way to go Cassandra!!!

the4m... the4mutts

Good for her! Good for her mom!

About time a parent helps their child out of a bullying scenario, and allows them to explore their hobby/talent/whatever until they are happy with themselves.

This was a nice read. Thank you!

Oh, and Cassandra, you ARE beautiful, make-up or not.

MomLi... MomLily67

Mean little girls most likely  have stupid mean moms.

MomLi... MomLily67

I do my best to teach my daughter to be self confident, I consider myself to be. I had a hughe nose, then I broke it and it was worse. In my   20's I met a guy who was totally fascinate by it and that booste my confidence even more. It wasn't until recently that I had it fixed, am 45, because or terrible breathing problems and recurring sinus infections.  I also had C cup breasts in 6th grade and was teased a bit in jr high. Was popular in HS though! haha.  So, your one time "attention grabbers", eventually become your best feature. Ask the  30 something guys that stare at  my boobs!!

wamom223 wamom223

I love this story.  It was great and based on something we can all agree on, teaching our children to love and accept themselves is our most important job.  The thing is those bullying girls aren't comfortable in their own skin, and they need some one to pick on to feel important, I think its good to remind kids of that, and not just the girls.

Vivian Westwood

As a teen, i never had acne (and probably took a little too much pride in that) and karma sent me a healthy dose of those under-the-skin, red welty zits that look almost like bugbites now that i'm in my 30s. i tried the Shielo Complexion Scrub at a friend's house and really liked it. i am amazed at how quickly and thoroughly the regimen works to clear up my skin.

Literally, within 2 or 3 days of using the Shielo Complexion products, my skin had cleared up. two things to be aware of---1. follow the directions on the website and 2. don't miss out on an evening/morning--i've found if i skip even one night i will have a bit of a breakout the next day. oh and one last thing---the company has great customer service; i emailed about a broken lid and a new one was on my doorstep two days later.

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