While there are an infinite amount of benefits regarding the Internet, there is also a really dark and ugly side to technology that can spread information that fast...especially if it's a false lie that could ruin someone's life.
Taiwanese model Heidi Yeh was a successful model who was booking regular gigs with many brand names.
In 2012, she signed on to do appear in an advertisement for a Taiwanese cosmetic clinic. She posed with a man and three children in a family portrait setting.
Little did she know that the children's faces would be retouched and that the ad would read "The only thing you'll ever have to worry about is how to explain it to the kids."
Her contract stated the ad would only be featured in newspapers, magazines, and in the clinic, but it then landed online by a different clinic called Simple Beauty.
Later, a story started circulating about a man who had divorced his wife after she had lied about having cosmetic surgery and had given him "an ugly baby daughter." The article included a picture of the ad featuring Yeh. People began to think the story was about her.
"I thought it was just rumors, then I realized the whole world was spreading this story and in different languages. People actually believed it and thought this had happened to me. Even my relatives and fiancé's family have asked me about it.
I keep thinking, 'Why is this happening to me? I decided to speak out because I wanted to give myself some courage to deal with this problem."
Via BBC News.
Because of her affiliation with the advertisement, Yeh found that she wasn't booking as many jobs and many companies believed that she had indeed had plastic surgery.
Yeh is now suing the Simple Beauty clinic and the modeling agency for $150,000 in damages. The clinic and the agency have fought back, threatening to sue Yeh for tarnishing their images in return.
I am glad that Yeh has gathered the courage to speak up and save her career. She is a gorgeous young lady with so much more ahead of her, it isn't fair that false rumors should hold her back from continuing her dreams of modeling.
I hope she can overcome this obstacle and get on with her career, and most importantly, her life.