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#Kleanse Spotlight: 15-Year-Old Trisha Prabhu Develops An App That Looks To End Cyberbullying!

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Trisha Prabhu is tackling cyberbullying head on!

It's hard to remember what exactly we we're doing when we were just 15 years old, but we're willing to wager it wasn't nearly as inspirational as this!!

With everyone connecting via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, cyberbullying is a pretty huge issue these days — ESPECIALLY in high schools!

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But Trisha Prabhu is doing everything she can to make the Internet a friendlier place with a little app she developed called ReThink!

By connecting to all of your social media apps on your mobile device, ReThink is able to keep track of any outgoing messages or possible posts and asks users to reconsider sending anything out if it detects harmful or offensive language!

As a high schooler, this issue clearly hit close to home for Trisha. But she says she was really inspired when she heard the story of a teen who took her own life after being the victim of cyberbullying:

"How can a girl younger than myself be pushed to take her own life? I was shocked, heartbroken and angry to learn about this incident and set out to find a long-term solution to cyberbullying. I knew I had to do something to stop this from ever happening again."

While not all victims claim their own lives, the numbers are pretty staggering when it comes to teens dealing with depression and anxiety due to cyberbullying.

Trisha goes on to say:

"Research shows that over 50% of adolescents online are cyberbullied, 38% suffer from suicidal tendencies. Victims suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and are afraid to go to school the following day."

The app is currently available on the Google Play store and should be available to Apple devices soon, but the early reviews are already great!

In fact, Trisha says ReThink users have reconsidered sending harmful messages about 93% of the time!

The 15-year-old has already won a handful of awards for her innovative app and she's rubbed shoulders with some pretty interesting people (above), and we have a feeling this wont be the last we hear from her!

[Image via Twitter.]

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Lily-Rose Depp Reveals She's Not 100% Straight By Participating In THIS LGBTQ Photo Campaign! See The Pic!

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Lily-Rose Depp teams up with iO Tillett Wright!

Lily-Rose Depp has teamed up with photographer iO Tillett Wright for his latest photography campaign.

In doing so, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis' daughter admits to falling somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum!

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That's because the campaign, called the Self Evident Truths project, uses photographs to showcase people who identify — even if it's only marginally — as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer! The project's website explains:

"The Self Evident Truths project is a photographic document of 10,000 people in the USA that identify as ANYTHING OTHER than 100% straight – as in, if you are anywhere on the LGBTQ spectrum in ANY way, even 1% gay, we want to take your picture!"

On Sunday, the artist took to Instagram to share a sweet snap with Lily (above) that they took together for the campaign, captioning the precious pic:

"I'm so proud of my baby girl @lilyrose_depp. She decided she wanted to be in @selfevidentproject because she falls somewhere on the vast spectrum, and I couldn't be happier to welcome her to the family. She's a tiny gem of a good human.#prouduncle #weareyou"

And the famous teen isn't the only model-slash-actress to take part in the Self Evident Truths project!

Last year, Cara Delevingne snapped a selfie with iO for the campaign! Ch-ch-check it out (below)!

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#Kleanse Spotlight: A Teen With A Rare Skin Condition Has Amazing & INSPIRING Self Confidence!

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Ciera Swaringen could care less about the haters!

Ciera, who is just perfect for our #Kleanse Spotlight, was diagnosed with an EXTREMELY rare skin condition called giant congenital melanocytic nevus. The condition means Swaringen's body is completely covered in birthmarks and moles, a fate that would be difficult for any teenage girl. Ciera, however, is absolutely glowing with confidence and her philosophy on her condition will definitely leave you feeling inspired!!

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While the high school graduate admits that growing up she struggled with bullies (a boy on her school bus once called her a "spotty dog"), she has found acceptance, saying:

"I'm so proud to be different, and at the end of the day, we all have something about us that's unusual, whether it's on the inside or the outside. Over time I've learnt to brush off negative comments and remember that most people stare and say cruel things because they're not used to seeing someone with my condition."

Preach, girl! We all have something unique about us!

Swaringen, who has found a supportive family, added:

"I remember when I started school my mum told me that my birthmarks were angel kisses - and that really stuck with me."

Aww!! What a beautiful analogy!

Based off all the photos of the 19-year-old that we've seen, it's clear that she's happy and full of love. Imagine how different the world would be if every young woman had this amazing level of confidence?!

P.S. Check out our other #Kleanse Spotlights HERE, HERE, HERE!

[Image via Facebook.]

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#Kleanse Spotlight: Tig Notaro Opens Up On Doing Standup Comedy Topless After Her Double Mastectomy!

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Tig Notaro reminds us why she's one of the bravest comedians out there!

For most people, having to stand up and speak in front of a large audience while being totally exposed is quite literally their worst nightmare!

But for comedienne and cancer survivor Tig Notaro, it's just a part of her routine!

Back in 2012, the Mississippi native was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer and had to undergo a double mastectomy, and she immediately began to think of ways to incorporate her surgery into her act:

"Right after my surgery I had the idea to do a show topless. I was so uncomfortable with my body, and I didn't really know how to process it. I thought: Oh my gosh. What if I did a comedy show with my shirt off? How crazy!"

Well, that's certainly one way to own it!

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Tig admits that she didn't go through with the idea immediately! But after a

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#Kleanse Spotlight: Malala Yousafzai Proves She's Actually A Genius By Earning Top Scores On The GSCE!

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Malala keeps on reminding us that she's a genius!

We guess winning a Nobel Peace Prize just isn't enough for this young lady!!

In case you've been living under a rock for the last few years, Malala Yousafzai has established herself as one of the most influential people on the face of the planet and the leading advocate for female education in Pakistan!

Oh, and did we mention she's only 18 years old???

[ Related: 17-Year-Old Malala Yousafzai Becomes The Youngest Nobel Prize Winner In History ]

Now living in Birmingham, Malala was one of THOUSANDS of teens in the U.K. who had to take the General Certificate of Secondary Education, which is also known as the GSCE!

Well her father Ziauddin Yousafzai took to Twitter earlier today to share his daughter's scores, and we weren't too surprised to see she aced it:

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17 Year Old Saves Kidnapping Victim With Quick-Thinking White Lie

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Talk about going above and beyond!

Malyk Bonnet was walking home from work in Canada early August when he noticed a man and woman getting into a fight in the middle of the day.

At first, the 17-year-old intervened to keep anything bad from happening, but when he talked to the woman, he could tell that things were much worse than he originally thought.

In fact, Malyk could tell that the 29-year-old was actually kidnapped and the man was her ex-boyfriend and was keeping her with him against her will!

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When the pair asked Malyk for bus money, he lied and said he was going the same direction and would travel with them where he earned the guy's trust before calling 911 at a Tim Hortons.

Police arrived at the restaurant within minutes where the man was promptly arrested for kidnapping!

Now, the Laval Police want to honor Malyk with an award for his bravery, but we're just glad the young woman is safe!

[Image via Laval Police.]

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