Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This Gucci model and mental health advocate has been cruelly slammed by trolls over her looks.
Armine Harutyunyan, 23, who is an advocate for mental health issues, gained fame at Milan Fashion Week in September 2019 when she modeled for Gucci.
Harutyunyan was born in the Armenian capital Yerevan and she originally decided to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather Azizyan Khachatur, a professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia, to become a graphic designer.
Starting off as an illustrator, Harutyunyan expanded her computer skills and soon moved into graphic design.
As a budding model, she worked for several Armenian brands before unexpectedly being approached by Gucci.
She said about the contract: “To be honest, I had mixed feelings about it. I was both excited and confused. I couldn’t believe that I would become part of the brand I love so much.”
However, despite being selected by Gucci experts, netizens rounded on the model and claimed she is not good looking enough to represent top brands.
Netizen ‘Alexandra Shorina’ said: “It is becoming unusually common to put ugliness on the beauty pedestal.”
‘Alexandra Emelyanova’ wrote: “She is disgusting.”
‘Luda Kagaeva’ commented: “Is that a man?”
‘Kaliankzn’ said: “Jeez, you are worse than a witch. You should star in horror movies, you wouldn’t even need makeup for it!”
However, not everyone agreed with the haters and ‘Formalintraveler’ commented: “Her eyes are incredible.”
‘AniMesani’ said: “You look great. Keep going, good luck!”
Meanwhile, ‘Elena Gordeeva’ also supported the model: “While all of you try to raise your self-esteem by bullying this young woman, she is making lots of money, travels the world, meets celebrities and most importantly does what she likes. She looks confident in her pictures, she is fun, vivid and has a sparkle in her eyes. She is charming. You can’t get that with plastic surgery.”
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