28/07/2011 11:43 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Bullied 14-Year-Old Girl Wins Modelling Contract

Bullied 14-year-old girl wins modelling contract Masons

A 14-year-old who was bullied over her looks by catty girls at school has had the last laugh after winning a modelling contract.

Ellie Burton was tormented about her appearance by bitchy classmates, leaving her with low esteem and no confidence.

Her mum persuaded to take up modelling to give her a morale boost, and after being signed to a local agency in her home county of Norfolk, was invited to a casting for Marks & Spencer.

Ellie went on to beat hundreds of other youngsters to pose for the store's Back To School range.

The pretty teenagers now hopes to make modelling her career.

She told reporters: 'What the bullies said was really hurtful. I had no self-esteem. People told me I was pretty enough to be a model with my corkscrew curls but I had no confidence and didn't believe them.

'I realise that only amazing models can make it big but I am going to try. I want to do really well at school too as I need a back up career.'

Since landing the top contract Ellie is doing well at Aylsham High School, Norfolk, and has a new set of friends.

Bullied 14-year-old girl wins modelling contract Marks & Spencer

Ellie added: 'My face was on buses for the shopping centre campaign and now there is a huge cardboard cut out of me at Marks & Spencer in London.

'My friends scream with excitement when they see me but then the next day everything goes back to normal. I am very grounded.

'I don't know what is next for me because modelling can be up and down. I hope someone will want me for another campaign.'

Well done Ellie!