Shelley-Marie Sumner, 23, was relentlessly
mocked by her cruel classmates due to her
severe eczema, which left her confidence in
tatters, even as her skin cleared up in later
Metro Uk reports that, after her boyfriend Dean
convinced her she was beautiful, she finally felt
confident enough to enter this year’s Miss Black
Country beauty pageant, which she won.
She said of her bullying: ‘In primary school it
wasn’t as bad as you’re only children, but at
high school the bullying got much worse. People
would try and get away from me like I was
‘We had to wear long-sleeved shirts so during
the summer, I was always going to see the
school nurse to put my eczema cream on and
Shelley-Marie’s small stature, along with her
skin, made her an easy target for bullies.
However, now she has had the last laugh after
winning the regional competition as well as
competing in Miss England.
‘It was completely mad. I was sitting on a
throne with this big crown on and my family
were staring at me in amazement. I was
extremely happy to have won it,’ she said.
After years of being made fun of, Shelley-Marie
said it felt ‘amazing to show the bullies what I
could achieve, despite all their cruelty’.
Not only has her victory improved her self
esteem, but it has also given Shelley-Marie a
new sense of direction in life.
‘In the future I’d like to go into schools and talk
about bullying and self-esteem. I want to urge
victims to speak up and not suffer in silence like
I did,’ she said.