A 12-year-old girl who was bullied in primary school for being “spotty and skinny” has had the last laugh – after being crowned a BEAUTY QUEEN.
Rebekah Varney, 12, struggled to settle into school and was taunted by fellow pupils after she went through puberty earlier than other girls.
In a bid to boost her confidence, her mum Tyhler, 37, entered Rebekah into a beauty pageant and she was stunned when she was crowned Miss Teen Coventry.
The schoolgirl has now beaten hundreds of other hopefuls to make it through to the grand final of Little Miss Teen Great Britain next month.
Rebekah, who lives in Stivichall, Coventry, with her mum, Tyhler, dad, Daniel, 40, and two younger brothers, said: “I am so excited to have made it to the final, it is a great achievement because there were so many great semi-finalists.
“I do hope to make lots of new friends on this fantastic adventure.
“I have overcome a lot of bullying and diversity at primary school and I’ve learnt to make friends at every opportunity and help others to make friends.”
“It’s lovely to have friends who have the same interests as you.
“I have many interests and I love sport especially. I am currently a sports leader at my school where I encourage and help others to prosper through sport whilst enjoying it.
“I have loved my first year at Finham Park. The teaching staff are very supportive and I feel I have come on a great deal personally and academically.”
Her mum Tyhler, who runs the family photo-booth business with her husband, said her daughter suffered at the hands of playground bullies.
She said: “Rebekah suffered quite a lot in school, and I was often called in to speak to her teachers about it.
“She started puberty before others, and would often get spots like most young girls, but certain members of her class would really pick on her.”
“They would call her ‘spotty’ or ‘skinny’, which really affected Rebekah.
“Even now she asks me if she can cover her spots with make-up, but I tell her she doesn’t need it.”
“I sent the application off without telling her because I wanted her to feel better about herself and have a boost in her self-esteem.
“She is interested in sports and likes to dress quite eclectically because she wants to eventually get into fashion.
“Other girls didn’t like the fact that she didn’t conform – she was a trend-setter.
“I’m so proud of my little girl. She’s so mature, and she’s never retaliated to the bullies.
“Now she’s proved them wrong.”
Mrs Finn, headteacher of Westgate College, Finham Park School where Rebekah attends, said: “We are extremely proud that Rebekah has been crowned Little Miss Teen Coventry this year.
“Rebekah is popular student in Westgate College who has a strong passion for art and sport and has represented the school in the Netball team.”
“Rebekah has been selected as a sports’ leader and she is working towards the ‘Young Leader Award’.
“She has led on Sports’ events for local Primary schools which has been very positive.
“Rebekah also received an award at our Star Studded Celebration of Success evening for her outstanding work in Design Technology.
“Rebekah is a delightful student who always gives her best. She is an asset to Westgate College and Finham Park School.
“We are very pleased with Rebekah’s achievements so far and wish her the very best for the Miss Teen Britain finals. Good luck.”
The grand final of Little Miss Teen Great Britain, will be held on October 25 at The Globe in Blackpool.