'I’ve achieved a lot more than some of them ever will': The beauty queen finalist who was bullied at school for being fat
A young woman who was targetted by bullies for being overweight has had the last laugh as she was battling for a place in the Miss England finals.
Danni Anns, 23, of Sparsholt, near Wantage, Oxon., was bullied throughout her school days because of her size and appearance.
Her weight increased to almost 14 stone as she was subjected to daily playground taunts and sent insulting text messages by bullies.
Danni Anns used to weigh 14st, right, and was diagnosed as clinically obese. Now she is running for a place in the Miss England finals
The depressed schoolgirl had turned to
comfort food after losing her mum, young sister and brother all in the
space of just six years
The depressed schoolgirl had turned to comfort food after losing her mum, young sister and brother all in the space of just six years.
Today she revealed she is running for a place in the Miss England finals after dropping over four stone.
Danni started the Cambridge diet in 2009, a very low calorie diet plan, losing four stone
'I want to show people that you can overcome whatever happens in your life. You have choices,' said the slender blonde.
'It feels quite emotional to be in the competition, it feels amazing. All my hard work and determination has paid off.'
Danni has shrunk to just over nine stone and has been selected as a finalist for the Miss Oxfordshire competition.
'There was a lot of bullying by text and at school, a lot of nasty comments,' said the trainee accountant.
'It was tough. And I’d turn to food to comfort myself. Then I had close bereavements in the family. I used food as a way to see me through some of my darkest times and it was a big downwards spiral.'
Danni lost her younger sister to an asthma attack in 1998. Her mum then passed away in 2000 and her brother in 2006.
At her largest she weighed 13st 4lbs – clinically obese – for her 5ft 6in frame.
A visit to the doctors in 2008 made her realise she needed to change her lifestyle.
'I started experiencing excruciating abdominal pain and went to see my doctor,' she said.
'He told me the pain was most likely a symptom of being obese and I should consider trying to lose some weight.
'My first reaction was defensive, but then I realised this was something I needed to do.'
Danni started losing weight in January 2009 on the Cambridge diet, a very low calorie diet plan.
After six months she then converted to eating healthily and exercising regularly. She now weighs 9st 3lbs and has kept the weight off ever since.
After six months, Danni then converted to
eating healthily and exercising regularly. She now weighs 9st 3lbs and
has kept the weight off ever since
'It’s changed my life. To be here, to have entered the Miss Oxfordshire competition and actually be in the finals is a major achievement for me.
'It’s nice to show the bullies, those people who taunted me. I’ve achieved a lot more than some of them will ever achieve.
'These are all things I’ve overcome and I’m a much stronger person because of them.'
The Miss Oxfordshire finals, organised by Front Models and featuring 20 women, take place on Tuesday, March 13.
The winner will go on to represent the county in the Miss England finals in June, and then potentially Miss World.