Beauty queen, 19, overcame torment to compete for an international title

A teenager has revealed how she overcame years of terrifying bullying to realise her dream of becoming an international beauty queen. 

Apollonia Llewellyn, 19, originally from Leeds, was scouted aged 14 and has since competed in a string of pageants and modelling competitions. 

However as her profile started to grow, Apollonia began to find herself the victim of online and verbal abuse. 

The torment culminated in a bomb threat to her home and attacks on her parents, forcing her family to move.

But with a fresh start, greater maturity and the support of her family, Apollonia was able to overcome their cruelness and continue her dream of becoming a pageant star. ‘I’ll never let the bullies win,’ she added.  

Beauty queen: Apollonia Llewellyn with her parents after winning the World Teen Supermodel England title in November 2017. The delayed international finals will be held next month

Beauty queen: Apollonia Llewellyn with her parents after winning the World Teen Supermodel England title in November 2017. The delayed international finals will be held next month

Beauty queen: Apollonia Llewellyn with her parents after winning the World Teen Supermodel England title in November 2017. The delayed international finals will be held next month

Flourishing career: Apollonia, pictured in a photo shoot, was scouted by a photographer aged 14. The beauty queen started to receive abuse from classmates in secondary school 

Flourishing career: Apollonia, pictured in a photo shoot, was scouted by a photographer aged 14. The beauty queen started to receive abuse from classmates in secondary school 

Flourishing career: Apollonia, pictured in a photo shoot, was scouted by a photographer aged 14. The beauty queen started to receive abuse from classmates in secondary school 

Taking home the crown: Apollonia has taken part in a string of modelling competitions and beauty pageants. She now has her sights set on receiving an international title in Fiji 

Taking home the crown: Apollonia has taken part in a string of modelling competitions and beauty pageants. She now has her sights set on receiving an international title in Fiji 

Taking home the crown: Apollonia has taken part in a string of modelling competitions and beauty pageants. She now has her sights set on receiving an international title in Fiji 

Now Apollonia is looking ahead to representing England at the World Teen Supermodel pageant in Fiji next month. 

Apollonia, who now lives in South Yorkshire, started her career in front of the camera after a photographer noticed her talent at a mother-daughter shoot. 

She explained that once she signed with an agency in Year 9, bullies started to target her and her boyfriend, whom she did not want to name. 

Bright future: Apollonia, pictured dressing up as a little girl, impressed a photographer with her natural talent and charisma after joining her mother for a family shoot aged 14

Bright future: Apollonia, pictured dressing up as a little girl, impressed a photographer with her natural talent and charisma after joining her mother for a family shoot aged 14

Bright future: Apollonia, pictured dressing up as a little girl, impressed a photographer with her natural talent and charisma after joining her mother for a family shoot aged 14

Starting out: The talented teenager in her first photo shoot at the age of 14. She is now honing her skills in front of the camera

Starting out: The talented teenager in her first photo shoot at the age of 14. She is now honing her skills in front of the camera

Starting out: The talented teenager in her first photo shoot at the age of 14. She is now honing her skills in front of the camera

‘We went to the same college as some of the girls that bullied me and they used to say “your disgusting for going out with that Apollonia” and he always stuck up for me,’ she said. 

The bullying continued once she left the school gates, leaving her so anxious she struggled to eat or sleep.

Apollonia continued: ‘My mum and dads cars were getting egged, people were throwing stones, knocking on the door and running away. 

Natural talent: The beauty queen aged 15, just a year after starring in her first photo shoot

Natural talent: The beauty queen aged 15, just a year after starring in her first photo shoot

Natural talent: The beauty queen aged 15, just a year after starring in her first photo shoot

Belle of the ball: Apollonia donned a flamboyant sherbet pink dress for her school prom aged 16. She eventually left school and relocated after receiving a death threat to her family home

Belle of the ball: Apollonia donned a flamboyant sherbet pink dress for her school prom aged 16. She eventually left school and relocated after receiving a death threat to her family home

Belle of the ball: Apollonia donned a flamboyant sherbet pink dress for her school prom aged 16. She eventually left school and relocated after receiving a death threat to her family home

Laid-back look: Apollonia, pictured aged 16, swaps ballgowns for a pared down top and trousers for a casual snap

Laid-back look: Apollonia, pictured aged 16, swaps ballgowns for a pared down top and trousers for a casual snap

Laid-back look: Apollonia, pictured aged 16, swaps ballgowns for a pared down top and trousers for a casual snap

‘One time I was home alone with my older brother, and I got a call from no caller ID and they said we are posting a petrol bomb through your letter box, then my letter box made a noise.

‘I was pertrified my brother went downstairs and picked up a letter with loads of rubbish in.’

The family eventually decided to leave, packing up and moving 45 minutes’ away to a property in South Yorkshire. 

Strike a pose: Apollonia showcases a thigh-skimming purple fringed dress in one photo shoot

Strike a pose: Apollonia showcases a thigh-skimming purple fringed dress in one photo shoot

Strike a pose: Apollonia showcases a thigh-skimming purple fringed dress in one photo shoot

Dressed to impress: Apollonia smolders in a photo taken for her modelling portfolio

Dressed to impress: Apollonia smolders in a photo taken for her modelling portfolio

Dressed to impress: Apollonia smolders in a photo taken for her modelling portfolio

Taking a stand: Apollonia covers herself in insults hurled at her by bullies for an anti-bullying campaign photo shoot

Taking a stand: Apollonia covers herself in insults hurled at her by bullies for an anti-bullying campaign photo shoot

Taking a stand: Apollonia covers herself in insults hurled at her by bullies for an anti-bullying campaign photo shoot

However despite the barrage of abuse, Apollonia has continued with her modelling and has picked up a number of titles along the way, including Face Of The Globe England, Miss Teen Galaxy Leeds, Miss Junior Teen West Yorkshire, Miss Photogenic and Miss popularity. 

She is now looking forward to competing for the international title in Fiji.  

The pageant hopeful added: ‘I have so many exciting opportunities ahead of me. I will never give up modelling. ‘I will never let the bullies win.

‘And I would say the same to others- you are worth so much more, it is pure jealousy. ‘Always be you. The more they do the more it pushes me to be stronger.’

Support: Apollonia with her parents and her boyfriend while competing at a pageant

Support: Apollonia with her parents and her boyfriend while competing at a pageant

Support: Apollonia with her parents and her boyfriend while competing at a pageant

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