A model has opened up about school trolls who used to bully her so much that she developed an eating disorder.
Monica Huldt, 37, from Poland but moved to Sweden when she was five, says kids in her class made it difficult for her to make pals.
She would get called names and was even subjected to xenophobic abuse, while bullies vandalised her home.
Now happily married with a career earning her a fortune, Monica wants people to know how important it is to be kind.
The Instagram beauty said: “I was about 12 when the bullying really took off and became a weekly occurrence.
“It was when kids were starting to date and I wanted to be part of that so boys would pass me notes asking me to be their girlfriend.
“When I replied saying yes they would pass me another note saying I was ugly and that they were joking.”
Monica, who boasts 282,000 followers on Instagram, added: “It was horrible and humiliating and would happen pretty often.”
The model says kids would often make fun of her for being from another country as they referred to her as a “dirty immigrant”.
She said: “It was mainly the boys but there were some girls in on it, too. People would steal my stuff and not give it back.
“I would get very upset. I tried to laugh it off to not look stupid but it was really horrible.”
She was so badly impacted by the bullying that she began to skip meals and then purged what she ate.
The beauty continued: “I thought that if I lost weight I would be more desirable and [they] would want to be my friends.
“I got called ugly so much that I believed I was and that I would never meet anyone. One day it got so bad that I attempted suicide.
“My best friend found me and rushed me to hospital. It was a really hard time in my life and I didn’t feel like I could trust anyone.”
Outside of the school bullies made life difficult for Monica when they targeted her home where she lived with her parents.
She described: “They egged my house and kicked our trash bins over, or stupid stuff like knocking on the door and running away.
“I tried to tell the teachers at school but they didn’t do anything and my parents thought it would pass.
“They had their own stuff going on and didn’t want to cause any trouble, I think.”
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Monica managed to get through school but the bullying had lasting effects on her.
It took her a while to find her confidence which is why she’s trying to raise awareness for online bullying.
She explained: “Bullying is horrible and it’s still happening online but on a much bigger scale.
“I wish I could go back and tell my younger self that it gets better and not to not care about what other people say.”
She concluded: “I think everything I have been through has made me stronger but being on social media is hard.
“Sometimes the trolls still get to me. It hurts and I cry some days over it.
“The whole experience has definitely made me more open and kind and more accepting of others and their choices.”
If you’re worried about your health or the health of somebody else, you can contact SEED eating disorder support service on 01482 718130 or on their website, https://seedeatingdisorders.org.uk.
And for emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email email@example.com, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.