Actress Beverly Naya in an interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo opened up on surviving all forms of bullying during her formative years.
The actress narrated how she was always getting bullied for one thing or the other. First, she had crooked teeth and eczema and people around her always called her unprintable names which made her feel less of herself.
Beverly revealed that she was able to find her confidence and blossomed around 16 as her skin cleared and she got braces. However, this only made things worse for her as the bullying intensified to the extent her bullies ganged up on her and she ended up with a black eye, and a chipped tooth.
“My formative years, I was always getting bullied for one thing or the other and so no matter what school I was in, I always felt like there was always going to be something that I was going to get attacked for. So, when I was younger, I was an ugly duckling, I wasn’t cute. I don’t care what my mom says, I was not a cute kid.
I had crooked teeth, and eczema. Just didn’t look good as far as I was concerned and as far as people around me were concerned. I used to get called ‘snakeskin, buck teeth, light bulb head, football legs’ just different kinds of stuff and then I just blossomed.
My skin cleared, I got braces, and I just kind of blossomed.
Ad I started to kind of feel beautiful for the first time in my life around 16 and I think I probably was owning it a bit too much for some people in my school. I got bullied for that and it really broke me, because I was like ‘look, I can’t win’. When I was younger, I was getting bullied for being ugly and unattractive and now I finally feel like I’m beautiful and I’m trying to own it. That’s now the problem. I’m now getting bullied for that. So, I got ganged up on and ended up with a black eye, a chipped tooth, on the same day”.