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Taekwondo Star And Model Says She Was Bullied Because Of Her Height

Taekwondo Star And Model Says She Was Bullied Because Of Her Height

But despite the cruel taunts, Jade - who is now a lettings negotiator and taekwondo coach - has learned to embrace her 6ft 4in stature.

Jade, 26, revealed how she was taunted at school, with cruel bullies calling her 'ugly' and 'freak'. Outside of the classroom was much of the same - she would even hear people making nasty remarks or taking photos of her while out shopping.

Jade said she would cry to her mum, wishing she was 'normal'. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram
Jade said she would cry to her mum, wishing she was 'normal'. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram
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She said: "When I was at school, I hated being tall. I was bullied for my looks and I was painfully shy. The thing I struggled with the most was people's comments when I was out shopping.

"I'd often hear and see people whispering about me or taking sly photos of me without me knowing which really knocked my confidence.

"I've been called ugly, a freak, and had people say: 'You're actually quite pretty for being so tall' which is kind of a backhanded compliment."

She competed for Team GB at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram
She competed for Team GB at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram
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At the time, Jade longed to be shorter, but this all changed when she took up some part-time modelling work when she turned 16 to boost her body confidence.

This continued to grow as she pursued taekwondo and was asked to represent Team GB aged 21, going on to win the Commonwealth Championships in Glasgow in 2014 as well as a number of other competitions.

Jade soon learned that her height contributed to her success within the sport and over the years this has helped her to develop a sense of pride about who she is and how she looks.

Jade wants others who struggle with their body image to be proud of themselves. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram
Jade wants others who struggle with their body image to be proud of themselves. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram

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She added: "Since I joined Team GB, I was proud of who I am and representing my country.

"I was proud to be tall as I would not have been where I was if I was not tall.

"It brought me a lot of success and now when people make comments in the street and think I can't hear them I just smile at them and it makes them feel a bit silly that I heard them.

"But most of the time people make nice comments and are amazed by my height."

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Jade won dozens of trophies during her athletic career. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram
Jade won dozens of trophies during her athletic career. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram

Jade still does experience struggles in day-to-day life, particularly when it comes to finding clothes that fit.

"Another struggle is dating as I like boys to be the same height or taller than me and there aren't many tall boys in my area," she explained.

But that's not to say Jade lets that get her down. Speaking about others who might feel insecure about their body shape or size, she says: "Don't ever let anyone bring you down. I spent so much time hating myself and would cry to my mum wishing I was 'normal'.

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The former Team GB athlete says bullies would make nasty comments and take pictures of her. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram
The former Team GB athlete says bullies would make nasty comments and take pictures of her. Credit: MDWFeatures/Instagram

"But embrace being different. It has brought me so much success being tall which I would not have achieved if I was smaller.

"Embrace who you are and don't let anybody dull your sparkle."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/MDWfeatures

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Daisy Phillipson

Daisy is a UK-based freelance journalist with too many opinions. She loves everything film and music-related and has a track record writing for Little White Lies, BWRC, and Film Daily. Contact her at [email protected]