In a true-life ugly duckling tale, Leanne Nagle, 23, had to endure being called "ugly", "four-eyes" and "Hook" between the ages of five and 14.
However, the 5ft 9in brunette has grown up to be chosen from thousands of hopefuls as one of the last 14 girls on Living TV’s reality television contest.
Miss Nagle, who suffered from a lazy eye and also wore braces for her buck teeth, said: "I was a little scrawny girl with scruffy hair, big glasses and an eye patch.
"Every day girls who were meant to be my friends ran away from me in the playground, they called me four-eye and Hook because of my patch.
"One boy got my patches out of his bag and stuck them all over the wall. I was devastated.
"I used to lie awake at night wondering why nobody wanted to be my friend. I didn't want to go to school, I wanted to run away.
"One boy snatched my glasses off me and stamped on them.
"Another time a boy took my book and threw it out of the bus window. I had to get off and walk an hour home."
The bullying gave her the determination to pursue her dream of becoming a model, Miss Nagle said.
"If I hadn't of been bullied at school I think I would have grown up really big headed because I'm already quite loud.
"I suppose they did me a favor really."
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Posted By: WAKEUP |
9/17/13 2:38 PM
OK the boy who took her glasses and broke them should have been expelled from school that is so wrong