Stevenage teen becomes Miss Great Britain Central London finalist after beating the bullies

Katie Simpson is a finalist for Miss Great Britain Central London

Katie Simpson is a finalist for Miss Great Britain Central London - Credit: Archant

A teenager who was bullied at school for the way she looked has won through to the final of Miss Great Britain Central London.

Katie Simpson, who lives in Shephall in Stevenage, says growing up hasn’t been easy for her. The 18-year-old suffers from anxiety and has been the victim of cyber bullying, targeted for being petite and slim.

She said: “I have suffered with many personal issues during my teenage years, including mental health, which can severely affect an individual and cause many self-confidence issues. I’m sure many teenage girls can relate to these issues.

“Growing up for me hasn’t been easy. Me and many of my friends have experienced some form of bullying through social media, and verbally during school periods.

“I was given horrible nicknames for being petite and rumours were spread about me being anorexic, which was never the case.

“Cyber bullying has always been an issue through nasty comments, where people find entertainment out of upsetting others.

“This has such an awful affect on everyone who experiences it.”

Most Read

When she was 16, Katie decided it was time to beat the bullies and work on her self-confidence, so she started modelling.

Today (Thursday) she is competing for the title of Miss Great Britain Central London, after winning through to the final. Katie will model in three rounds - swimwear, evening wear, and a little black dress.

The winner will automatically go through to compete for the title of Miss Great Britain in September.

Katie said: “As I have grown I have become my own person, which has stemmed from me coming out of my comfort zone.

“Entering Miss Great Britain Central London has boosted my confidence and I am so much happier with my appearance.

“It has opened so many doors for me and I am being offered so many modelling opportunities and filming work, and I have made so many good friends.

“This competition has made me feel a lot more self-worth and I am so proud of the journey it is taking me on.”

For more about the competition, visit

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter