A former Glenrothes beauty pageant winner has hit out at the bullies who have made her life a misery for the past year and a half.
Michelle Webster, who now lives in Kirkcaldy with her partner and her three-year-old daughter, is speaking out as she wants to show local girls that they can achieve their dreams - despite others telling her it would not be possible.
The 25-year-old took part in her first Miss Fife beauty pageant in Dunfermline in 2013 and last month she took part in her third beauty pageant, Miss Dreams UK in Glasgow, and was crowned a Glasgow winner.
The mum-of-one told The Gazette she never thought she would take part in a beauty contest. But said she was pleased that a friend eventually managed to persuade her to go for it.
She said: “I always wanted to do pageants ever since I was a little girl, but was told all my life I wasn’t good enough.
“Then one of my friends on Facebook encouraged me to apply for Miss Fife. It was the best experience of my life and I loved doing it.”
As well as entering the pageants she has also been fundraising for a charity called Dream Queen. It helps needy people in communities through projects such as providing food parcels.
But despite the success, Michelle revealed she has been tormented by bullies.
She explained: “I have been getting bullied for over a year a half by girls online who have been putting me down, making up lies about me and putting fake profiles on Facebook, writing over 2000 comments of hate aimed at me.
“It has nearly ended up in the hands of the police a couple of times, especially when they wrote they wished I had killed myself so they would be known for cyber bullying! But after I told them I was going to the police it quietened down a bit.
“I don’t know why these would girls would set out to purposely hurt me in the way they have. They don’t even know me!”
But Michelle said she refuses to let them get to her anymore. She added: “This is just the start for me and my dreams have come true, I have aspired to be a beauty queen since I was a little girl and can’t believe it has actually happened. I am proud of what I have accomplished, I refuse to be beaten by these girls.
“I want to be a role model and want to inspire girls to achieve their dreams and no matter how bad it gets, they cannot let negative people dim their sparkle.”