Sports Illustrated model says she couldn't 'ignore the haters' after trolls attacked her 'sexy' dress

Sports Illustrated model says she couldn't 'ignore the haters' after trolls attacked her 'sexy' dress

As children, we are often taught to take the attitude of: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me". But in this age of social media and trolling, cruel comments are becoming harder and harder to avoid.

And when you're in the public eye, there's no stopping the criticism from rolling into your Twitter feed.

One person who knows this all too well is model Brooks Nader, who recently received a barrage of negative comments after wearing a sheer mini-dress to the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards on Monday in New York City.

Check out Brooks absolutely slaying it on a SI shoot:

But despite looking incredibly in the outfit, the 23-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star has spoken to Fox News about how her feelings were "hurt" by "haters".

Following the event, the model posted a picture of herself to her 330,000+ Instagram followers, along with the caption: "Had so much fun tonight at @sportsillustrated sportsperson of the year party!!"

Despite the fact Brooks has received nearly 20,000 'Likes' on the post, along with a string of comments complimenting her "stunning" outfit choice, she has also received a lot of negative comments, with some even claiming she was "asking to be raped".

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Speaking to Fox News, Nader said: "I can’t say that I ignore the haters and it doesn’t hurt my feelings because it does.

"But what sticks with me more is fans and friends sticking up for me in [the] comments. I feel sorry for people [who] have to put others down. It’s all about lifting people up and supporting each other."

Explaining that she didn't expect the dress to cause such a stir, the model stated:

"When I was trying on outfits for my event, I was not going for or expecting the response that I got. I always like to be edgy, fun and take fashion risks at times. I like my attitude to be consistent with my style. It’s important to be authentic and confident when it comes to anything I do in my life. I dress for me - no one else. Fashion is different for everyone and I never judge people’s choices."

Nader turned heads when she strutted down the red carpet in a bedazzled mesh dress that tightly hugged her curves. She opted for flesh-colored undergarments to complete the risqué look.

The swimsuit sensation - who also revealed how the dress made her feel "sexy" and "empowered" - did attempt to hit back at the haters, writing, "I love the hate queen" and "Whatever makes you feel better about yourself".