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Chrissy Teigen's recent trolling proves it's often little more than a bid for attention

‘Thank you, Heidi. In the future I will try harder.’

IF YOU’VE EVER wondered how readily social media users will criticise high-profile individuals online, the longevity of the Celebrities Read Mean Tweets segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live! should answer that.

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As long as we have celebrities, they will have their critics, and to assume anything else is wholly naive.

And while debating their politics or questioning their ethics when it comes to specific behaviour is to be expected, I often wonder what is to be gained from openly deriding a celebrity on their appearance.

Yesterday, Chrissy Teigen shared an image of a cover shoot she did for Glamour magazine.

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Honored to be one of Glamour’s Women of the Year amongst other women I admire and adore so much. I’ve never been the most eloquent person and lately I’ve noticed myself going quiet - consumed by the news of the day, and not quite knowing what to say. Or wanting to say something but not really having the mental strength to handle the inevitable backlash. But I end up feeling worse. I want to speak up for those that can’t, for people that feel smaller or less-than because of the big talk of a small man. I PROMISE I am going to do what I can to live up to this title and live up to the bar set by incredible women like Kamala, Viola, Janelle. I am not worthy but I will continue to try to make you laugh, give love through food, and wad the panties of assholes trying to keep you down. I love you guys and am so appreciative of the platform you have bestowed upon me!! Thank you to @glamourmag for this incredible honor. #glamourWOTY

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She wrote that she was honoured to be one of Glamour’s Women of the Year, and paid tribute to the other women recognised by the publication.

I PROMISE I am going to do what I can to live up to this title and live up to the bar set by incredible women like Kamala, Viola, Janelle.

I saw Chrissy’s post, decided that the shoot’s aesthetic didn’t happen to be among my favourites of the ones she has participated in over the course of the last decade, and got on with my day.

However, for some of Chrissy’s followers, this simply wasn’t an option, and like millions of other social media users who feel damn near obliged to openly criticise another person’s appearance, one woman named Heidi really went for it.

This photo of you is quite frankly, awful. At first glance I didn’t recognize you. I know you don’t give a damn, but girl if you’re going to be magazine cover material, make it worth it.

There’s little doubt that Chrissy regularly receives criticism – it goes with the territory – but in this instance Chrissy chose to share the remarks, and respond to Heidi on her Twitter page.

Thank you, Heidi. In the future I will try harder to be the best cover model. If you could please send me specific tips and tricks (or past covers you’ve shot for reference!) that would be so awesome.

So far, so Chrissy Teigen.

But it did get me thinking; what is to be gained from openly denigrating a celebrity’s image?

Does it engender a feeling of empowerment? Is it born of a desire to belittle an individual you’re vaguely jealous of or utterly incensed by?

Or perhaps it’s just a desperate bid to get their attention; a move arguably most deserving of pity.

If it’s the latter, Heidi has succeeded.

As a result of Chrissy’s engagement with her remark, Heidi has gotten her very own Glamour cover courtesy of a Chrissy supporter who did a little photoshopping, and superimposed Heidi’s face onto Chrissy’s cover.

And that’s not all; this image now takes pride of place on Heidi’s Twitter profile.

Job done.

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