Is this Britain’s tallest schoolgirl? The aspiring model who is six foot tall aged just 13
Is this Britain’s tallest schoolgirl? Meet the aspiring beauty queen who is SIX FOOT TALL aged just 13.
Despite her size, 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.
The schoolgirl had reached the lofty height of six foot by the time she hit her teens and is almost a FOOT taller than the average height of other girls her age.
And the teen proved she is head and shoulders above the bullies by becoming Junior Miss Tyne and Wear Galaxy and is gearing up to compete at another prestigious competition later this year.
Leggy Harriotte said her impressive height had started as a curse but she now has new found confidence.
She 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 any more 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 under six foot tall.
“From modelling 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-years-old and was almost six inches taller than her female classmates by the time she reached the age of 10.
Doctors believe Harriotte, who lives with mum, Sarah, 42, dad, Bill, 49, and brother, William, 11, will shoot up to a whopping 6ft 3in tall based on her current growth rate.
But her rapid growth leaves her suffering with 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.
The teen 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.
Proud mum Sarah, who works as 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.”
Harriotte set up the Leave Them Alone Facebook campaign in a bid to help others beat the bullies.
For more information on the group, visit: facebook.com/Leavethemalonecampaign.