We are pretty stoked to be following Caitlyn Jenner on her journey of self discovery. You were there when she needed help with nail polish, when she got Simpson-ized, and if you didn’t shed a tear when she rocked her first swimsuit you’re clearly beyond hope. Amid all this positive news about Cait’s transition it’s easy to forget that we still live in a world full of bigots and haters trying their darndest to cover her light.
Like a grubby caterpillar changing into a fierce butterfly, artist Conor Collins took the ugly and made something beautiful out of it. He took all the negative tweets Cait received and turned them into a rendering of her famous Vanity Fair cover. The result is truly inspiring.
This isn’t the first time internet hate has inspired Conor. He made a similar picture last year made up of mean comments about Olympic diver Tom Daley after he came out as gay.
In a Huffington Post article, Collins says he made these pictures to show the kind of sludge LGBTQ people have to wade through on a daily basis. And with increasing reports of violence against trans women and men, that message is hard to ignore. Conor is hopeful about his art saying: “For every person who sees it another person is shown the persecution and real danger trans people face.”
With all of these examples of people taking internet comment hate and turning it into something empowering (Chrissy Teigen on Instagram, Zendaya on Twitter, Taylor Swift’s whole 1989 album) it’s not that big of a stretch to think that you could do it too.
Don’t let the jerks get you down, ladies, shine on!
What’s the best thing a hater has ever said to you on the internet? Tell us in the comments!
(Photos via @conartworks)