Kayleigh McCabe: Bullied student called "dumb ginger rabbit" at school launches modelling career

Flaming beauty: Bullied student who was called 'dumb ginger rabbit' at school launches modelling career

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20:26 GMT, 14 March 2012

A bullied student who was taunted for being a 'dumb ginger rabbit' at school for her red hair has had the last laugh – after launching a career as a model.

Kayleigh McCabe, 20, suffered years of cruel jibes about her skinny frame, large breasts, braces and ginger locks.

But she blossomed into a flame-haired beauty in her early teens and has now launched a career as a model.

Kayleigh McCabe blossomed into a flame-haired beauty in her early teens and has now launched a career as a model

Kayleigh McCabe blossomed into a flame-haired beauty in her early teens and has now launched a career as a model

She has beaten thousands of girls to reach the final of a national modelling competition to win a contract with a top London agency.

Kayleigh, from Cannock, Staffs., said: 'I don’t look back on my time at school with happy memories as I was really picked on.

'I’m a size eight but I have a 32DD chest and so was quite different to the other girls.

Kayleigh McCabe

Kayleigh McCabe

Kayleigh suffered years of cruel jibes about her skinny frame and ginger locks

'Also I had crooked teeth and before I had a brace they called me “dumb ginger rabbit”.

'Even today it still makes me sad to think about it and I don’t like looking at photos of myself from school.

But despite the years of cruel taunts by playground bullies, Kayleigh never gave up on her dream of walking on the catwalk.

 Kayleigh McCabe

 Kayleigh McCabe

Despite the years of cruel taunts by playground bullies, Kayleigh never gave up on her dream of the catwalk

She said: 'I’ve wanted to model since I was really young, and I won some baby competitions, so it knocked my self-confidence.

'But I never changed my mind, it inspired me to try harder and push myself to be a successful model.

'I don’t like to rub people’s faces in it in case I see them but I feel I really have beaten the bullies.'

 Kayleigh McCabe

Kayleigh has beaten thousands of girls to
reach the final of a national modelling competition to win a contract
with a top London agency

The
student will travel to the Hilton Metropole in London on Friday and
hopes to compete in the final of Top Model UK in the commercial
category.

Kayleigh, who is studying hairdressing, said: 'I was over the moon when I got selected for the final.

'I
was so nervous at the auditions but to be selected to reach the final
out of 4,000 people is amazing.

'I was so happy when I found out, I will
have to cat-walk in front of the judges on Friday.

'All my friends and family have been really supportive and my boyfriend supports me too.

'My mum and granddad are coming down to the final, it’s going to be an amazing experience.'