Ex-Miss England winner bullied for being too pretty announces new career move

A former Miss England winner bullied for being “too beautiful” has had a dramatic change of career.

Natasha Hemmings, 26, has swapped the catwalk for a microphone, and has now become a full-time musician touring with Ronan Keating, Russell Watson and Aled Jones.

Crowned Miss England in 2015, aged 19, she has now been on stage supporting hit bands such as The Overtones, as well as singers Russell Watson and Aled Jones – all of which led to her supporting pop legend Ronan.

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But it is her past which is fuelling the present, as she has now opened up about being targetted during her time studying English at Nottingham University.

She was picked on for her good looks and became a prisoner in her own halls of residence after being taunted by cruel bullies who even threw food at her door.

She said: “Music has always been a passion of mine, I was classically trained from the age of nine but your voice is not mature enough come 18 so I decided to go to uni.

“But it wasn't what I expected and ended up becoming quite isolated – I experienced bullying and many online trolls commenting on my looks or my education.

“One time I had food thrown all over my door, so I used to get takeaways and eat in my room and just became locked away in this box room for some time.

“People assumed I 'studied soft subjects like drama' and one went on to say I 'couldn't spell or add up without fingers and toes'.

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“It is amazing how many people want to tear down an individual who is trying to work for something and empower women to chase their dreams.”

She went on to win Miss Cheshire, before taking the Miss England crown in 2015.

Determined to make a success of her new music career, she set up her own record label and began recording her first album Whispers, and is now currently working on her second album I Am, which will be out later this year.

She added: "It's a joy to be doing what I love – my music is very much inspired by those earlier experiences.

“Each song has been written from a personal memory or event or moment in my life.

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“Many young girls are exposed to the unachievable beauty standards and trolled for trying to attain them.

"Social media can be a place that causes mental health issues and isolation for many young people.

"My latest song Invisible promotes the happiness of loving yourself and celebrating being the real you.

“My first album was quite classical but my latest work is crossing over a bit more into pop. I'm not signed to a record label so its all self-promotional.

“We'll see where that takes me but I'm just enjoying the ride for now.”

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