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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Worldwide support for bullied Cumbrian beauty queen

A beauty queen who overcame internet trolls to scoop a top award has been inundated with support from around the world.

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Roseanne Jefferson

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Eighteen-year-old Roseanne Jefferson – who was named Miss Personality in the Miss Cumbria competition and crowned runner-up – said she has been heartened by messages from as far away as New York after an article in the News & Star was picked up by the New York Daily Times and became the fourth most read article.

“To think that a normal, typical girl from Cumbria can appear in the media over there is unbelievable,” she said. “The comments from several people I received, not only from New York but around our county too, has made me a much more positive and confident person.”

Roseanne, who endured hurtful jibes on Facebook and Twitter in the run-up to the competition, says all the support she has received has made her more determined to pursue a singing career.

“I am now going to get properly into singing, visiting as many studios as possible,” she said.

“I have only ever sang once in public and that was with a family member around three months ago, and yet again I was put off from doing this due to hurtful comments when my sister posted videos on Facebook.

“This is now to be all put behind me, and I am now totally motivated to get on with the things I love and the people I love.”

Roseanne, a teaching assistant at Rosley Primary School near Wigton, is now planning on competing in the Miss North West contest next May.

“I hope to continue my charity work too throughout Cumbria so if there are any ideas or people of the community that would be willing to get involved in any projects that I do then I would be grateful,” she added.

“It’s good to get as many people involved in things that help others – it just shows what an amazing community we can all be.”

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