“I scrub just fine!” MasterChef judge Melissa Leong talks about getting trolled on social media… and reveals how someone even called her UGLY
MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong has become a fan favorite since entering the popular cooking competition.
But the 39-year-old has also had to deal with her fair share of trolls since she rose to fame.
In a new opinion for the Daily Telegram, the brunette beauty shared that she was ashamed and that her appearance was attacked by trolls on Instagram.
Backlash: MasterChef Australia judge Melissa Leong opens up about online trolling
“I once had a lady who left comments telling me I’m ugly. And look, I’m not a supermodel, but I think I can scrub just fine,” she wrote.
“I had a feeling her comments might have had more to do with how she saw herself than anything about me,” she continued.
“Understanding that and letting it go with compassion wasn’t easy the first time. But it does get easier.’
Trolled: “I once had a lady who left comments telling me I’m ugly. And look, I’m not a supermodel, but I think I’m scrubbing just fine,” she wrote
Melissa recently talked about the important role privilege plays as she continues to advocate for diversity on television.
The 39-year-old shared a quote on Instagram on Thursday, which read: “Privilege is not the presence of extras and benefits. It is the absence of obstacles and barriers.’
Melissa, who is of Chinese-Singaporean descent, accompanied the quote with a caption aimed at Australian minorities.
Advocate: Melissa made a statement on Thursday about privilege
“I recently had a discussion with a friend about the challenge of explaining why representation, diversity and inclusion are important to people who don’t understand,” she said.
“This wonderfully concise statement sounds clear to me, just as that resonant clarity can awaken so much suppressed pain.”
She then described herself as an activist who strives to stand up for others.
Share the post: The 39-year-old shared a quote on Instagram on Thursday, which read: “Privilege is not the presence of perks and benefits. It is the absence of obstacles and barriers’
“For those who fight your obstacles and barriers every day, I feel you. But we’re not doing it just for ourselves, we’re doing it for so many others in the toils,” she said.
“Remember, you’re not alone in what you’re standing up for.”
Melissa was featured on the cover of the 100th issue of Prevention magazine in May. At the time, she explained the cultural significance of her cover shoot.
“Representation matters, and it’s more important now than ever to be an Asian on a magazine cover anywhere in the world,” she wrote on Instagram.
She added the hashtags #DiversityMatters, #StopAsianHate and #MasterchefAU.
‘It’s now more important than ever to be an Asian on the cover of a magazine, anywhere in the world’: Back then, she explained the cultural significance of her cover shoot