A 6ft 7ins woman who was bullied throughout school because of her height has had the last laugh after being scouted as a MODEL.
Naomi Lovell, 22, was already towering over her peers aged 13 – when she was 6ft 2in – and has even had strangers tap her legs to “check if she is on stilts”.
She feels her height has stood in the way of her love life and she has never had a boyfriend.
But said she receives unwanted sexual attention on social media because of her striking stature.
Her family are nowhere near her size, with mum, Karen, 58, a retired midwife, standing at 5ft 7in, and dad Nigel, 51, a railway engineer, is 6ft 2in.
Her sister Bethan, 25, a student, is 5ft 10, and Amanda, 28, a warehouse worker, is 5ft 9in.
But now she does modelling and acting work, and said it has boosted her confidence.
Cafe-worker Naomi, from Doncaster, Yorkshire, who also sports flaming red hair, said: ”I was bullied in school for my height.
“Even teachers would comment on it.
“I was always picked for netball – even though I was rubbish at it – just because I’m tall.
“I do remember feeling like I was being used for my height.
”It affected my self-esteem and in some ways robbed me of my childhood as everyone always assumed I was much older and would treat me like an adult or expect me to be really mature.
”I’ve even had perverted men messaging me on Instagram. It makes me sick to my stomach.
”I never reply to them of course. They all have fetishes about tall women and always ask if I’m married.
”But I feel like I’ve really gained confidence since joining the modelling agency. They specialise in taller or unique looking girls.
”They asked me onto their books almost as soon as they met me. It was a real compliment. I finally felt beautiful.”
Naomi was signed up to do extra work and modelling by agency, UGLYS, in Shepherd’s Bush, south London, in October 2018.
After the agency casting, her family whisked her off to a pamper and photo-shoot session to boost her confidence.
She said: ”It was such a good day.
“I had always been told that I should be a model with my long legs and height, but because I always felt like the odd one out I never really believed it.”
She has now been to multiple castings for film and TV and is gaining confidence on photoshoots.
”I’m still working on that side of my career and working on my self-esteem,” she said.
”They often call me up for Viking parts or giant parts in fantasy films.
”It’s fun and makes me appreciate my height as they’re roles that small girls couldn’t be considered for.”
Although Naomi has enjoyed some aspects of her foray into the world of modelling she has faced negative attention too.
Since starting an Instagram account to document her progress into modelling the waitress has been inundated with sexual comments about her height.
”They are very rude comments, lots of sexual innuendo about my height,” she said.
”They send me sexual images of tall women and short men.
”It really makes me feel sick, I hate it.
”But these are the same men that call me beautiful and gorgeous so it’s a bit confusing!
”Maybe I’ve lived a sheltered life but I had no idea this was a thing.
”It’s difficult because I’ve always wanted a boyfriend but never had one – but these older men are not what I had in mind at all.
”I’ll always be too tall for most boys my age so that does make it harder, I feel like boys don’t look at me in that romantic way because of how tall I am.
”I did try dating apps but I just got a lot of stupid questions and I just want to find someone naturally.”
Naomi, who still lives at home with her parents said it’s difficult to find clothes to fit and has to use specialist online shops.