You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

This model’s before and after makeover photos tell a powerful story of mental illness

Hello Giggles logo Hello Giggles 12-09-2017 Gabriela Herstik

This model’s before and after makeover photos tell a powerful story of mental illness © thee.waynekash / https://www.instagram.com/p/BYefXrElweJ/ This model’s before and after makeover photos tell a powerful story of mental illness It’s not an exaggeration to say that we still have a long way to go when it comes to conversations surrounding mental illness. The good thing, however, is that these conversations are happening in the first place. While some may dismiss social media as frivolous or fake, the truth is, using social media to discuss mental illness is a huge step forward in starting this crucial dialogue.

Adding to the conversation, Wayne Kash, a Detroit-based makeup artist, posted a before and after Instagram that showed him covering a bruise on his client Troi’s face. The unexpected backlash that came with not having an explanation for the injury then led Troi to share her story, and to make an important point about mental illness in the process.

Beautiful Before N After 😍😍😍 Colorful eye inspired by @keenkhalid ❤️

A post shared by 24 | Detroit Makeup Artist 💪🏾✨ (@thee.waynekash) on

In an Instagram post, Troi explains the real reason she had a black eye.

While many assumed it was a boxing injury, since she’s a boxer, the truth is that Troi’s bruise was caused by her brother’s mental illness. She wrote,

“Unless you live or have lived in a house with a mentally ill person, you wouldn’t understand this picture nor my injury. Mental Illnesses & Mental Disorders ARE REAL! Unfortunately, my brother suffers from a severe mental illness called Schizoaffective Disorder (google it) and I just so happened to be in the way when he flipped out. My brother [has] never put his hands on me before, so of course I was caught off guard..”

Unless you live or have lived in a house with a mentally ill person, you wouldn't understand this picture nor my injury. Mental Illnesses & Mental Disorders ARE REAL! Unfortunately, my brother suffers from a severe mental illness called Schizoaffective Disorder (google it) and I just so happened to be in the way when he flipped out. My brother have never put his hands on me before, so of course I was caught off guard.. And this happened right before my birthday.. I cried for two days and cancelled all my birthday plans. It took my mom @famikalouise and my friends @venerated_ & Money to lift my spirits. I felt ugly. I was embarrassed, I was hurt, and I knew the first thing people was going to think was that I got abused or that I got beat up. I just wanted to feel beautiful for my 21st birthday and @thee.waynekash made that happen for me. Thank you so much for that. THIS IS NOT FROM BOXING.

A post shared by Troi (@thereal_troi) on

She goes on to say how this happened days before her 21st birthday, which left her feeling embarrassed and hurt. Thankfully, with her family and Wayne’s help, she was back to feeling like she could celebrate her birthday. And when Wayne found out the true reason for the bruise, he also showed his support, posting on Instagram about the strength and courage it took Troi to publicly share such a personal story.

#Day2 with my beautiful, BRAVE, and spectacular client @thereal_troi 😍😍😍❤️ The other day before she came in she told me not be shocked because she was a fighter and she had a bruise. When she came in she had an amazingly kind spirit and I asked her if we could take some before photographs because I knew I would be able to cover the bruise. She agreed and she also let me decide on the look. We both knew the before and after picture would be great for advertisement. We never imagined the image would go viral. After receiving so many harsh and negative comments from internet TROLLS @thereal_troi decided to disclose where the bruise actually came from. Her brother who suffers from mental illness had an episode and she was accidentally injured. She never lied to me. She is a fighter, a boxer. There are pictures on her page. I just assumed that that's where the scar came from. I can't imagine the amount of bravery it must have taken for her to disclose the real story behind her bruise. We don't take mental illness serious, especially in the African American community. So I commend her for her bravery and I stand with her as she continues on living a healthy and happy life. Your negative comments are ignored and her spirit isn't broken by the ignorance. She wanted to be beautiful for her birthday despite what she'd been through. Black women are the strongest creatures on this planet. So if you're going to say anything, talk about the fact that she's STILL STANDING AND STILL SMILING. Look at that smile, there's God in it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #quithating

A post shared by 24 | Detroit Makeup Artist 💪🏾✨ (@thee.waynekash) on

We couldn’t agree more, and we’re thankful for the reminder that mental illness is real. It’s something that affects both the person suffering and those around them. As long as we have these conversations, we’ll continue to remove the stigma that this is something to be ashamed or scared of.

Replay Video
UP NEXT
1
Cancel
UP NEXT
UP NEXT

Video courtesy of Buzzfeed.

More from Hello Giggles

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon