TikToker Annie Bonelli (@wtmab) rose to fame for her viral lip syncing videos and garnered praise from viewers for proudly flaunting a thin, diagonal scar on her cheek.
However, others have expressed their suspicions as to whether her scar is real or just a ploy to stand out from the oversaturated community of lip syncing accounts on the app, citing dramatic changes in the scar’s size, color and placement. Viewers dubbed Bonelli “Scar Girl,” and #scargirl has racked up over 361.5 million views as of January 24.
TikToker and Twitch streamer Aaurie (@aauriettv) is just one of several influencers getting a deep dive into Bonelli’s scar development.
In a TikTok, she says she scrolled through Bonelli’s TikTok to March 2021 and showed a screenshot of a thin, red slash on her cheek.
Fast forward to May 2022, a screenshot shows the scar sloping further vertically and extending towards her jaw. In the final September 2022 image, the scar appears thicker and darker brown and is almost entirely vertical, with a much harder curve.
However, Aaurie says she applauds Bonelli for “exploiting something she became famous for,” but still claims she “trolls” for views.
@auriettv curiosity 💀 the cat I think. Again, no hate on her, I think she’s very smart to capitalize on this. I just want to share what I found; Please don’t be hateful towards her for just trolling. #greenscreen #scargirl #fakescar #wtmab #fakescargirl ♬ Original sound – aauriettv
Another TikToker, Sophie (@sophiethetrophy_), shares her own healing progress pictures from a facial injury she sustained through surgery in October 2019, pointing out that scars typically “turn white over time.”
“Their faces tend to heal much faster than other areas,” she wrote in the caption. “I’m not trying to be a bully, but it’s just hard to believe when I’ve seen the healing process on your face.”
@sophiethetrophy_ Scars turn white over time. Our faces tend to heal much faster than other areas. I’m not trying to be a bully but it’s just hard to believe when I’ve seen the healing process on your face #scargirl #scargirlexposed #facescar ♬ Original sound – Sophie
In response to the speculation, Bonelli released a video in which she tried to wipe her scar with a makeup wipe to prove the dark brown shade isn’t special effects makeup. In the caption, she spoke about sustaining the original injury during a domestic violence incident in 2020.
Hey guys originally back in March 2020 when I was hurt and realizing this would forever be a permanent mark on my face I was embarrassed. I was so excited I thought my face would be ruined as insecure as I already was at 15 navigating high school. I felt like the opportunity to look at myself in the mirror and smile was being taken away from me because of a cruel situation. Until one day I realized that covering my scar and openly hating her would be doing those close to me and myself who suffer from insecurities a disservice. Although I chose not to cover it up for these reasons, it never completely went away and neither did my insecurities because when I looked in the mirror I saw the reason it was there. Unfortunately I had a bad reaction to the first topic I tried to fade it. I was also sloppy applying it and this resulted in a long term injury. I was in a dark place and I knew it was worse now. I had to wait for this to fully heal to start a second treatment which I started in August. Since then this treatment has been super invasive and I cannot emphasize the pain directed around this injury. It’s at a point where it looks really gross, it’s risen and it’s scabbed. I also didn’t think about how Gerber would get into the scabbed area when I did. It should get better with time but unfortunately all my scars are still healing brown. While I don’t think it’s right for people to thoughtlessly comment on hate, for whatever reason, I make the decision to publicize myself on the internet. My account was created to show those out there that they are more than their scars. Not having a comment section showing the same people they should hate themselves because of their scars. I will never stop using my platform for DV awareness and body positivity. I hope this video is what you need to move on or at least understand. No one should comment on someone’s scars, especially if you don’t know the story behind that scar or the person on screen. If anyone ever needs to talk my DMs are open I would love to hear your stories and cheer you all up. I promise I hear you and I see you. Thank you and I hope you will move with grace in the future.
♬ MEDIUM! (remix) [with Noah Kahan] – Madeline The person
“It never quite went away, and neither did my insecurities because when I looked in the mirror I saw the reason it was there. Unfortunately I had a bad reaction to the first topic I tried to fade it. I also applied it carelessly, which resulted in a longer injury,” Bonelli explains the reason for the color change.
She goes on to say that she started another “super invasive” treatment in August, not knowing the self-tanner would react to the treatment.
“It should get better with time but unfortunately all my scars are still healing brown. While I don’t think it’s right for people to thoughtlessly comment on hate, for whatever reason, I make the decision to post myself online,” the caption reads. “I will never stop using my platform for DV awareness and body positivity.”
After she shared more details about her scar treatment process, several viewers came to her defense, pointing to popular treatments that might explain Bonelli’s ever-changing scar.
In a video posted by TikToker Lucy (@sapphicsertraline) they say that scar treatments like TCA or garlic ointment can cause burns on the skin and show screenshots of treatment burns that have turned brown – strikingly similar to Bonelli’s scar.
THE GIRL WITH THE BROWN SCAR TELLS THE TRUTH
♬ Original sound – lucy
The Daily Dot was able to contact Bonelli via email, but she didn’t respond to further questions about her scar or viewer speculation.
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*Initial publication: January 25, 2023 10:30 am CST
Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows and more.
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