Britain’s Tallest Schoolgirl Has New-found Confidence
A 13-year-old dubbed Britain’s tallest schoolgirl at 6ft has told how she overcame bullying about her height to win a beauty pageant.
Harriotte Lane, from Newcastle, was teased and suffered vicious name-calling on a regular basis in primary school because she was always much taller than her fellow pupils. She reached 6ft by the time she hit her teens and is almost a foot taller than the average height of other girls her age. Harriotte overcame the bullies to be named Junior Miss Tyne and Wear Galaxy and is now gearing up to compete at another competition later this year. She said her impressive height had started as a curse, but she now has new-found confidence.
Harriotte said: “I used to get comments from people saying I was too tall to play with them and that I didn’t fit in. It was really upsetting for me and it always made me feel really embarrassed.” But now I use it as motivation – I see being tall as unique and it’s something I’m proud of.” As I got older I felt that being tall wasn’t something I should be ashamed of anymore and people started to see me for who I really am.” I come from a very tall family but despite that I’ve recently overtaken my dad who is just less than 6ft tall.” From modeling and doing pageants, I gained heaps of confidence and now I embrace being tall – it’s something that quite literally makes me stand out from the crowd.”
Harriotte was three inches taller than the average height for girls her age when she was five and was almost six inches taller than her female classmates by the time she reached 10. Doctors believe Harriotte – who lives with mother Sarah, 42, father Bill, 49, and 11-year-old brother William – will shoot up to 6ft 3in based on her current growth rate. However, her rapid growth has left her suffering from low blood pressure that often leads to blackouts. Despite the agony, Harriotte, who also models on a part-time basis, admitted that competing in pageants has boosted her confidence and helped her beat the bullies.
She said: “The growing pains meant I started feeling sick and dizzy all the time. After months of seeing doctors, my health got worse and they realised my blood pressure was too low.” I can’t actually have any medication or treatment for it because I don’t suffer with any type of condition. I’ve just been told to make sure I’m always well-hydrated and that I live a very healthy and active lifestyle.” I think the best thing to do that has been joining the pageants – they’ve helped me raise so much money for charity as well as boosting my confidence.”
She took part in her first competition in August last year in the Miss Junior Teen GB event and was named as second runner-up at the Junior Miss Galaxy UK event on February 7. Harriotte will battle it out for the Miss Junior Teen GB title in Blackpool on October 25.
Her mother Sarah, who works as a marketing consultant, said: “The bullying and name-calling was horrific at times – she was always left to feel excluded.” On top of all that she had the physical problems that came with growing so quickly – she would stand up and then collapse – often hitting the floor hard or losing her vision.” But she copes with it all so well now and she’s very determined to make the most of the pageants.
Harriotte has always worked incredibly hard and now she’s reaping the rewards of being so brave and strong through those awful times when she was younger.” She won three awards at the Junior Miss Galaxy UK event, including the Miss Publicity title which she was given for raising awareness of charity work. I couldn’t be more proud of her.”