By Zoe Burrell For Daily Mail Australia |
After what was meant to be the experience of a lifetime, Love Island Australia’s Cynthia Taylu was shocked to face racism after leaving the show.
The 23-year-old reality star revealed that strangers sent her racial slurs calling her the ‘N-word’ and likening her to a ‘black cow’.
Speaking to Huffington Post Australia, Cynthia revealed it was a lot to cope with.
‘I came off the show to find my inbox filled with people calling me the N-word, or for my family and friends defending me online as trolls tried to take me down,’ she said.
‘Why? Because I was a Black woman who had appeared on a predominantly white television show. The racial slurs and insults that flooded Facebook and Instagram became a norm to see.’
She even revealed that one troll even made a Facebook page that compared her to a ‘black cow’.
‘I had to report the page and it was later on taken down,’ she added.
‘I came off the show to find my inbox filled with people calling me the N-word, or for my family and friends defending me online as trolls tried to take me down,’ Cynthia revealed
The stunning model was the first black contestant to appear on the Australian version of the show.
She went on to reveal it took her ‘a while to process’ that the country she grew up in had ‘underlying prejudices’.
She grew up in Queensland and pursued a career in modelling before appearing on the Channel Nine reality series.
Cynthia’s admission comes after the model claimed that a middle-aged man inappropriately touched her chest in Brisbane earlier this year.
Recounting the ‘uncomfortable’ event on Instagram she said the experience is just one example of the dangers women – and especially women of colour – face on a daily basis.
‘The world we live in forces me to constantly look over my shoulder, to feel frightened to walk down a street alone, to be protective of my colour,’ she wrote.
Source: UK Daily Mail