WASHINGTON – Few know her name, but millions know her face.
The woman whose likeness once greeted visitors on the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, says she’s a victim of cyberbullying, reports ABC News.
Adriana, who didn’t want to use her full name, says endured weeks of attacks. Even skits on Jay Leno and spots on CNN poked fun cracked jokes.
“They have nothing else to do but hide behind the computer. They’re cyberbullying,” Adriana told ABC News’ Amy Robach.
Adriana, who wasn’t paid for the photo, says she signed the releases, but never thought it would have a negative impact. A wife and mother, she tells ABC News she isn’t a professional model.
“As a kid I never went through that. But now I am,” said Adriana, through tears, in an interview.
“But at the same time, you know, I thought, I had to do this, for my child. I need to stand up for myself. I need to defend myself.”
Now that her photo has been removed from the website, and the focus on her has softened, Adriana says she can see some humor in the situation.
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WTOP’s Lacey Mason contributed to this report.
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