Boy, 9, was bullied for wearing lipstick. This is what his cousins did to show support

A nine-year-old boy was bullied for wearing lipstick and painting his nails. So, his elder cousins wore the same lip colour and posted the pictures on Twitter in support of him.
Boy, 9, was bullied for wearing lipstick(Twitter)
Boy, 9, was bullied for wearing lipstick(Twitter)
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 08:54 PM IST
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A nine-year-old boy, bullied for wearing lipstick, has found support in his cousins, whose bold move has made him feel “accepted”.

Diksha Bijlani’s tweet about how her “Little Cuz” was bullied at home and how she and other cousins supported him has become viral on the internet.

Bijlani said in the past too, the cousin had been the target of jokes because of his “effeminate” nature.

“(He) loves to paint nails, wear lip colour, learn home science!” she wrote in the tweet.

After he was teased for putting makeup, he hid behind the curtain “shielding his lip-coloured face from the camera and his mom”.

So, his elder cousins came up with a brilliant idea to make him feel “comfortable and accepted”. They all wore the same lip colour and posted the pictures on Twitter in support of him.

And, guess what, this encouraged “Little Cuz” to finally come out and smile at the camera.

“So important to tell little kids gender is a spectrum... I hope all of us tell kids we know that they are valid, they are accepted, & they are beautiful today. I hope we don’t become the bullies we warn them of,” she wrote in her last tweet.

Seems like their sweet gesture succeeded in making him feel empowered. “UPDATE: Gender is not real. Yesterday me and my brother both wore red lipstick along with didi,” she told an elder of the household the next day, after he was reprimanded for riding a pink-coloured bicycle.

Many on social media were touched with the story and voiced their support.


    Samiksha Pattanaik is a content producer with HT’s social media team. She writes on trending, viral stories and manages content on Facebook and Twitter. Her interest lies in travel, culture, photography and gender issues.

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