Disabled Influencer Hits Back At Online Trolls

An amputee influencer who turned catwalk model after losing her right leg in an earthquake has hit back at cyber trolls who mock her appearance.

Model, Niu Yu, 24, with a prosthetic leg at the Shanghai Fashion Week 2021. (15944537/AsiaWire)

Niu Yu – who suffered life-changing injuries in the 2008 Wenchuan quake – shot to fame after modelling at the 2021 Fashion Week in Shanghai.

But along with many fans came social media trolls, who mock her disability and make fun of her appearance.

Now Yu – born in 1997 in south-western China’s Sichuan Province – says she is considering plans to take the fight to them by suing them.

On 26th March Yu shared parts of some of the vile messages she receives on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.

Some even targeted members of her family, report local media, while others told her she should never try to get a boyfriend.

One said: “How can you be so disgusting? All you do every day is ask for sympathy! Do you think you deserve it? Shameless.

“You should just stay at home. I’m really upset to see you grinning all day.”

Model, Niu Yu, 24, who participated at the Shanghai Fashion Week 2021, lost her leg during the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake in China. (15944537/AsiaWire)

But brave Yu said: “I will continue to fight for myself and for the girls who have received unfriendly treatment yet chose to remain silent.”

She added: “We’re not perfect, but so what? We will still shine brightly.”

When Yu appeared as a cover girl in Chinese fashion bible Vogue she told them: “My leg soon became a badge of honour.

“I began to see it as representative of my will to live by sheer determination.”

Brave Yu continued: “It is evidence of the countless times I have fought, and fallen, and picked myself back up again.

“So, why should I hide it when there’s nothing to hide?

Model, Niu Yu, 24, who participated at the Shanghai Fashion Week 2021. (15944537/AsiaWire)

Since losing her leg, Yu has reportedly undergone 30 operations and spent years in rehab to learn how to walk again.

She first gained mass popularity back in 2018, when she participated in a half-marathon to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the quake.