Rheanna Cartier overcomes bullying to enter as a wild card delegate at Miss England 2020

26 Jan 2021 | Priya Bhardwaj

Rheanna Cartier, a 17-year-old stunning beauty, recently won a spot in the wild card round of the Miss England finals, slated to take place in July 2021. Her life story is nothing short of incredible who is all set to use the platform to help victims of bullying and promote inclusion.

Being a victim of bullying herself in school at a young age, Cartier had to go through so much to reach at the stage she has. “It was really hard. I changed schools almost every year because we moved house a lot”, she said.



“I moved back to one school at 13 and I just remember my first day this group of girls in the year above just started calling me names. I had been talking to a boy in the year above who was quite popular and I think it was just jealousy. I remember on one occasion one of them saying 'Why don't you just kill yourself?' – it was quite extreme”, she added.

At one low point, when Cartier was 12, she got picked on by an older girl who was nearly 16. The harassment continued, and she got into a fight – prompting her parent to intervene. "My mum had to come in for meetings because I wasn't doing my work as I hated being at school so much," Cartier said.



When Cartier was 14, she was sent to Skals Efterskole, an international school near Viborg, Denmark for a change in scenery. For her, the change was transformational she said, “Without that, I don’t know what I would have done. I would never have recovered and I think it would have got worse. It proved transformational – I started eating healthy and working on myself and doing a lot of self-care."

Now back in the UK, Cartier is a part of Miss England 2020 to push herself and grow as a person. With her pageant participation, Cartier truly hopes to make a difference with her anti-bullying advocacy. "I want to help others who might not have the opportunity I did to escape their bullies. It affects so many people and I think this competition could give me that platform I need to help other people”, she said.