Saturday, September 14, 2013
AN Exmouth teenager who was bullied at school says it was a ‘massive achievement’ to turn her life around, lose weight and win two local pageants.
Now, on the back of her triumphs as Miss Devon Inspiration 2013 and Miss Teen Galaxy Devon, Georgia Browne wants to fundraise for charity.
The 17-year-old from Exmouth says she suffered from bullying for years.
“It was very bad, all the way through primary and secondary school,” said the former Exmouth Community College student.
“It’s finally stopped now because I’ve not so much changed myself for other people but I’ve changed myself a lot. I lost a lot of weight and it was a confidence boost for me.
“Winning both pageants was a massive achievement. The Miss Devon Inspiration pageant is based more around charity than a beauty contest, so I’m raising money for the Lullaby Trust and Help For Heroes.”
The Lullaby Trust helps parents who have lost children through cot death.
“It actually happened to one of my pageant coaches,” said Georgia, “so she asked if I was OK if I picked that charity.”
Georgia is now flying high in her second year at the Flybe academy at Exeter Airport.
“It’s going brilliantly,” she said. “It’s a really good opportunity. I love travelling and want to be cabin crew for Emirates.”
And what advice has she got for anyone that’s being bullied at school, college or work?
“Never change yourself, just because someone else thinks you should,” she said.