A woman who was bullied and called “bacon lips” at school has had the last – after launching a career as a glamour model.
Stunning Isabella Worlock, 19, suffered years of abuse by her tormentors who teased her about her ‘tomboy’ nature and the fact she didn’t like makeup.
She has turned her life around though, landing several modelling jobs and even featuring in Zoo magazine’s Australia edition.
Isabella, from Withywood, Bristol, admits she was a bit of a “gorm” at school, but that bullies made her life unbearable.
She said: “When I went to secondary school I met lots of other girls from different schools, girls who were sort of the top dogs in other schools.
“That was quite a drastic change. I didn’t really have many friends and stuff like that.
“I was a bit of a tomboy and I liked playing around with the lads. Because most of the girls were quite girly and preferred makeup, they didn’t really like the idea of that.
“They got a bit jealous.
“I had food thrown at me, they would trip me up and they would take the mick out of my skin. I had quite bad acne.
“I would have things thrown at me, it wouldn’t be daily. Some days they would throw coins, food and just making me feel uncomfortable.
“They would call me bacon lips. I don’t even get where they get where that came from because bacon doesn’t even look like spots. I had quite bad acne on the top of my lip and round my mouth.
“I would try and cover it up going into the later years of school. I do remember bacon lips. That has stuck with me.
“My school time was quite horrible really. I took a lot of time off school due to that.
“That was a low point of my life. It made me look at images of myself and think ‘oh, that could be skinner, that could be thinner’.
“Back then it was horrible. It made me really self-conscience.”
Since leaving school, Isabella has flown to Majorca for a shoot that was published in Zoo magazine’s Australia edition, modelled for Monster Energy and regularly appears as a ring girl at boxing matches.
She has also met Paul Heyman – an American entertainment producer for World Wrestling Entertainment – who publishes her shots on his website.
Now she is competing against Miss Scuba which focuses not only on beauty but looking after the ocean, and could see her compete against the best in Malaysia.
Isabella hopes to continue her career, moving into lingerie modelling and showing bullied girls that school isn’t everything.
She added: “I just want girls to realise that bullying isn’t acceptable.
“I would like to be an ideal for young girls and go around schools talking about bullying. During the time I had at school, it really felt like nobody was doing anything.
“I had so much support from my family. I would really like schools to look at bullying in a different way.
“Bullies should think more about the mental effects it has on people. I had a hard time at school and I just wish they thought about the effects behind closed doors.
“People should never keep it in. I would say speak to someone – a friend, a family member, a teacher – it does help to speak. If you speak about things, they start changing.”