Meet Teen Model of the Year Abby Leigh
MEET TEEN MODEL
OF THE YEAR CONTESTANT,
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT’S YOUR NAME? HOW OLD ARE YOU?
My name is Abby-Leigh. I am 12 almost 13 from hebburn near Newcastle upon Tyne. I love to model and occasionally act. I love to read and play Xbox so a little bit of a tomboy or tom girl I like to say. With extremely long hair. I am part of a great movement called one race, human race spreading kindness, peace and unity via all 7 continents.
WHAT DOES CONFIDENCE MEAN TO YOU?
Confidence for me means to be confident in yourself. Be confident in your own mind and skin and always be true to yourself. To be truly happy you have to be confident in yourself. Accept the real you and the confidence will flow.
WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL? (AND YOU CAN’T SAY YOU’RE NOT, BECAUSE YOU ARE)
I don't class myself as being physically beautiful but shine beauty from the inside. To make somebody else's day better or for them to smile to me can make me and them beautiful. But I do like my long hair and hazel eyes that seem to change colour.
WHAT DOES INNER BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU?
Inner beauty for me is being able to put someone else first. To have the ability to listen to others, to be kind even when you're having a bad day yourself. To uplift not tear down. To see life is precious and be a voice not a echo.
IF YOU HAVE OR HAVE DEALT WITH BODY IMAGE ISSUES OF YOUR OWN CAN YOU DESCRIBE THEM AND HOW YOU HAVE OVERCOME THEM?
I wear glasses and I have had names thrown at me, I've always been the girl with the long hair and glasses but I accept who I am and refuse to let anyone tear me down. At first it did upset me but once I accepted and embraced who I am it gave me strength.
If you are struggling with body issues the first thing I'd say is please don't compare yourself to another girl. Don't tear yourself down. Realize all you have to offer and how beautiful we all are individually. We all wish something was different about ourselves whether it be to not wear glasses or be skinnier but you are you and nobody ever can replace you. You aren't alone, there is always someone wishing they had what you do.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE NEGATIVITY ON INSTAGRAM?
I used to take the negativity to heart but now I realize if someone is being nasty or negative that it's their problem not mine, and maybe there being mean because they're the ones that are unhappy and lash out. I would delete and block the person but if it's negativity in real life to just walk away.
WHAT DOES "BEING YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL MEAN TO YOU"?
Being my own kind of beautiful means to be Abby at all times. Never walk in someone else's footsteps to walk in my own. Embracing who I am and feeling comfortable with my flaws. Being kind and honest is a beauty from within too.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE FASHION TREND AT THE MOMENT?
I like many trends but I also like to combine them to make something my own. I am a denim girl, of all colours, and I also like to add a blazer to my outfits. I also love trainers/sneakers too. They can go with anything nowadays.