A 16-year-old woman, whose life was created a living hell by bullies taunting her regarding her appearance in class, possesses the triumph when being topped a teenaged beauty queen.
Emily Redfearn, from Stappleford, Nottingham, says she solely entered the pageant as some way to spice up her self-worth when 5 years of tolerating torment regarding her look throughout highschool.
And she was utterly shocked once she took home the gong at the Miss young geographic region competition, in her terribly 1st try.
I was ecstatic. I wasn’t expecting to win as it was my first competition. I was so shocked. It just goes to show that people who get bullied will always have the last laugh.
And she added:
I don’t actually know why they picked on me. My family and friends have always said it was probably jealousy over my looks. I’ve never said that, I never had the confidence to believe that. But throughout my whole school life I cannot see what I could have done to deserve the abuse I received.
People would call me vile human being and a slag. The cyber-bullying became very nasty. I got added to a Facebook chat in Year 8 about going swimming to a local baths where someone told me they hoped I drowned. The school just told my mum I needed to toughen up. There was no support there whatsoever.
The mental side of bullying can be as bad if worse as the physical side, so I want to raise awareness and get more support available. I hit rock bottom. I would skip classes to avoid certain people. I would cry every night and have panic attacks at school knowing the abuse was around the corner. But I am proof that it does get better and I can see a happy future now.
Emily is now raising money for charity Combat Bullying to raise awareness and help other victims, and she’ll be taking part in a sponsored sky-dive on June 24 – which you can donate to via her GoFundMe page.
Congratulations to Emily. It’s always great to see a victory for the good guys!