Friday 26 May 2017

Cyber bullying forces unlikely model winner to quit

Roland Bunce
Roland Bunce

Rosemary O'Grady

Unlikely model Roland Bunce's dreams of winning a major modelling competition, including £2000 vouchers and a modelling contract came to an abrupt end last night as he pulled out due to cyber bullying.

Having beaten off all competition in this online search for high street store Next's Make me the Next Model 2011 a post on Bunce's Facebook page indicated that he had been forced to quit.

It read: "Just to let you all know I am quitting the next model contest.

"It was a big honour to win and it's been fun but the amount of abuse I've been getting since Thursday is out of control and I've now just been threatened.

"Thanks to everyone who has supported me but I am now bowing out before this gets any worse."

It was the power of Facebook and social media which had led to Bunce's remarkable success as he notched up an enormous 66,000 votes in the online competition to the 89 for the beautiful blonde trailing in his wake.

Just last week on his Facebook fan page Mr Bunce wrote: "Thanks for all for the support and thanks to the person who started the group, I'm overwhelmed."

Bunce from Bangor, Co. Down's successful Facebook campaign saw links to his entry in the Make me the Next Model 2011 competition go viral.

However the fun side of the online campaign disappeared as vicious personal threats and abuse meant that Roland Bunce has chosen not to take his application any further.

The computer science student attracted thousands of fans on Facebook, and also a huge Twitter following with voters hoping his victory would break the conventional beauty barrier.

A spokeswoman for Next said anyone was entitled to enter the online competition.

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