'Look at me now,' says 'Top Model' star Alannah to school bullies
An Irish model competing on 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model' TV show said being bullied as a schoolgirl only made her more determined to succeed in the fashion industry.
Alannah Beirne (23), from Naas, Co Kildare, whose mother Brenda Hyland was the 1983 Rose of Tralee, said she was singled out during her school days as a result of having Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).
"I had APD which meant that I was slow to respond. What's in the past, I forgive and forget. But what happened to me when I was younger, and it's happened to a lot of young kids - now that I'm older, I'm like 'Sure get over it'," she told the Irish Independent. "But how you felt when you're that age and getting bullied and feeling those horrible feelings and thoughts and the name-calling, you literally feel worthless. So to those girls, if they get in contact, it's like 'Look at me now'."
She was in Dublin's Iconic offices yesterday helping to launch the Great Lengths Awards, which take place on May 15.