8 women took their power back from Internet trolls ... in a fashion show? Yep, they sure did.

For women, the Internet can be an unsettling place.

Trolls — unkind (to say the least) people who hide behind their computer screens — use the anonymity of the 'net to insult, demean, and even threaten others, particularly women who voice their opinions on, well, just about anything.


I get my fair share of comments and threats, sometimes posted publicly and other times sent to me in private messages.

Here's a nice one I received not too long ago, posted in response to an article I shared on police brutality.

Because it's impossible to make your point without also including a wish for a violent attack, am I right?!

It can get old, to say the least.

Fed up with trolls' insults and threats, Kari Traa, a gold medalist Olympian from Norway, created the Trollfighters.

These ladies have been targeted by trolls and have been on the receiving end of insults and threats. For example:

Image by Trollfighters.

The group of eight women decided to fight back against online harassers. They star in a video where they're exposing their trolls by bringing them to the light, wearing their faces on t-shirts while walking the runway — an anti-troll fashion show of sorts.

Image by Trollfighters.

Traa and her fellow Trollfighters are working to bring attention to the cyberbullying women experience. More importantly, they want trolls to know one thing: You can't break them!

You can join the movement with the hashtag #NoTrollCanBreakMe.

Watch the Trollfighters in action!

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.