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Quaden's model sister has message for his haters

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Long before Quaden Bayles touched the hearts of millions when he was targeted by bullies, his older sister had been making headlines as a glamour model and Aboriginal activist.

Guyala Bayles spoke out in support of her nine-year-old brother after a video of him begging to kill himself went viral last week. 

a young boy sitting next to a bag of luggage: Quaden's sudden global fame could be a boon to the activism of his outspoken family (pictured with his mother Yarraka) who have spent generations advocating for Aboriginal issues © Provided by Daily Mail Quaden's sudden global fame could be a boon to the activism of his outspoken family (pictured with his mother Yarraka) who have spent generations advocating for Aboriginal issues The 20-year-old took to Instagram to share a photo of her alongside her sibling while hitting back at the trolls who targeted him.  

'I say F*** the bullies and the haters! You're the coolest, smartest, strongest and the sweetest kid I know! You're not alone and we're all here for you my bruh,' she said.

But aside from sticking up for Quaden, who was bullied for his dwarfism, Guyala, a fashion model, has a long history of campaigning for Aboriginal issues and is a known anti-Australia Day activist. 

Last month, she uploaded a video of herself denouncing the national day, calling on the government to 'abolish the date'.  

'[T]here's more important things to talk about then changing the date. I say abolish the whole thing altogether and focus your energy on; why our kids are still being take away, why there are numerous unexplained Aboriginal deaths in custody,' she wrote.

'Why our kids are killing themselves at such an early age, why the incarceration rate is increasing for our mob, why we have so many health problems, why we don't live a full healthy life, why the drug and alcohol rate is increasing within communities, why racism is still very alive in this country, why the government aren't engaging with Aboriginal people at a grass roots level!'

Quaden and mum forced off social media after relentless trolling 

a person standing in front of a window: Guyala Bayles © Provided by Daily Mail Guyala Bayles Quaden and his mum have disappeared from social media after relentless trolling.

Cruel trolls have been spreading a conspiracy theory that the youngster is secretly an adult.

The false conspiracy theories prompted responses from his mother and rapper Cardi B.

'Everyone keeps saying he's lying about his age', American rapper Cardi B told her 59.3 million Instagram followers.

'I really don't think he's lying about his age.

'And just because there's videos of him flossing money and acting all gangster, and acting all cool and everything, it doesn't mean that kids do not pick on him.

Accounts run by his mother Yarraka Bayles have been deactivated, and the videos of Quaden she shared were removed. 

At 17 years old, she took part in Brisbane's Invasion Day march in 2016, saying she wanted white Australians to realise they lived in a 'stolen county'. 

'The white fellas come here and they just think they own everything, and I want people to know that just because we're black doesn't mean that we drink, or we are thieves,' she told NITV at the time. 

'There's actually a lot of black fullas out there that are doing good in life.' 

a close up of a woman: Last month, Guyala uploaded a video of herself denouncing the holiday, calling on the government to 'abolish the date' © Provided by Daily Mail Last month, Guyala uploaded a video of herself denouncing the holiday, calling on the government to 'abolish the date'

Guyala revealed she comes from an outspoken family who have spent generations advocating for Aboriginal issues. 

Her grandfather and great-grandmother were prominent indigenous rights campaigners Tiga Bayles and 'Aunty Maureen' Watson. 

'They raised me and were telling me to be a little activist, so yeah they are my little motivation,' she said. 

Guyala said she had faced racism when trying to break into the modelling industry, and was even advised to not mention her indigenous heritage.

She told the Macarthur Advertiser: 'There are definitely barriers in being a person of colour in this industry.

'We need more beautiful, unique, diverse men and women – not just pale size six models on the catwalk.'  

Quaden with his sister Guyala, 20, a model and budding Aboriginal rights activist © Provided by Daily Mail Quaden with his sister Guyala, 20, a model and budding Aboriginal rights activist

She is currently signed to Chic Management and recently worked on a campaign for Maybelline cosmetics for Chemist Warehouse, according to social media. 

Once she made it, she said Quaden, then four years old, was a little jealous.

'He goes to me ''oh, are you going to be famous now, sis?'' like, a bit put out, 'cos he really likes being the centre of attention, you know,' she told the Saturday Paper.   

a group of people posing for the camera: Quaden with his family in front of a mural in Margate, Brisbane, depicting his great-grandmother 'Aunty Maureen' Watson and grandfather Tiga Bayles © Provided by Daily Mail Quaden with his family in front of a mural in Margate, Brisbane, depicting his great-grandmother 'Aunty Maureen' Watson and grandfather Tiga Bayles Guyala and Quaden's mother Yarraka Bayles likewise drew her inspiration from her father with her own activism, which expanded to disability issues after her son's diagnosis.

'People don't understand that if you're indigenous, you're already copping discrimination and racism,' she said last week.

She has previously spoken about the high rate of indigenous suicide and how her people have a life expectancy 15 years lower than white Australians.  

Quaden kicked off an outpouring of support when Ms Bayles shared a distressing video after picking her son up from school last Wednesday.  

Readers seeking support and information about bullying and harassment and where to get help:

  • Need to Talk? Free call or text 1737 any time to speak to a trained counsellor, for any reason

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  • Victim Support 0800 842 846

  • Youthline Free call 0800 37 66 33 or text 234

  • Bullying-Free NZ's website

  • For online bullying, you can email help@netsafe.org.nz, text ‘Netsafe’ to 4282, call us toll free on 0508 NETSAFE (0508 638 723) or report online using our online form.

  • Kidsline 0800 54 37 54: NZ's original telephone counselling service for all kids up to 14 years of age. Kidsline operates from 4pm to 6pm Monday through to Friday

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

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