Maria Petrou was bullied most of her school years. You wouldn’t believe it looking at her now, but Maria suffered years of abuse being teased about her appearance. Now a catwalk model, the 21-year-old admits being called ‘Ugly Betty’ at school. “There was a gang of kids who’d call me Goofy and Ugly Betty and have a go because I was hard working and liked studying art and literature,” she confessed. “The name calling did upset me at the time but it was one of those things that I was always going to prove everybody wrong,” Maria added. She is now in her third year at university studying fine art.