A popular Spanish influencer with a dwarfism-like condition has said that haters who troll her over her short stature only make her stronger.
Margui, who hails from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands but is now based in the city of Vigo in Spain’s north-western region of Galicia, boasts an astonishing 3.4 million followers on TikTok.
She told Spanish media outlet NIUS: “It’s proven that people like my positivity, my energy and what I love about myself.”
The 22-year-old woman, whose full name is Margarita Gomez, suffers from diastrophic dysplasia, which affects cartilage and bone development.
Sufferers are short in stature, have very short arms and legs, and suffer from joint problems that restrict mobility.
Margui works in marketing but is currently off work due to anxiety and depression. Despite her condition, she says a lifetime of bullying means that online trolls no longer get her down.
She said: “I don’t reply to them. I’ve been bullied since I was little, I spent my whole life alone and I didn’t have friends at school. I don’t care what they say, they actually make me stronger.”
Despite trolls leaving nasty comments on her videos, she said she will not stop making and sharing them with her army of followers. She said: “I won’t give the ‘haters’ what they want.”
Margui denied earning big bucks from her content, describing her TikTok channel as a “hobby” instead.
That said, she earns a modest income from a few Colombia-based music agencies by promoting songs by their artists. She posts videos of herself miming and dancing along to their songs on her TikTok page.
Margui, who is in a relationship with a woman, said she turned down an offer to appear on a cookery programme, describing her hobbies as “singing, travelling and photography” instead.
She said: “We alone have to fight for our own dreams and no one else will do it for us… We have to love ourselves and fight, but, above all, we should whatever we want.”