Nigerian actress, producer and media personality, Beverly Naya is the guest on the new episode of Chude Jideonwo’s podcast show, #WithChude.
In this deeply emotional episode, the media girl opens up about being a victim of bullying, navigating constant verbal abuse from her peers as a child, battling with skin issues, trauma, blossoming and lots more.
Beverly revealed that in her formative years, she was always bullied, even for the slightest thing. Revealing why, she stated that she was considered ugly and unattractive because she had crooked teeth and eczema.
People around her always called her several unprintable names which made her feel less of herself. This made her see herself as an ugly duckling, who isn’t cute.
Beverly revealed that she was able to find her confidence and blossomed around the age of 16 as her skin cleared and she got braces. However, this only made things worse for her as the bullying intensified.
She got severely bullied to the point that her bullies ganged up on her and she ended up with a black eye, and a chipped tooth.
In her words:
“I think I talked about it a little bit in the documentary but then, you know, like my formative years, I was always getting bullied for one thing or the other.
So matter what school I was in or whatever, I always felt that there was something that I was going to get attacked for. When I was younger I was an ugly duckling, I wasn’t a cute kid. I don’t care what my mom says, I was not a cute kid.
So I has crooked teeth, eczema, I just didn’t look good. As far as I was concerned and as far people around me concerned. I used to get called snake skin, buck teeth, light bulb head, football legs, just different kind of stuff. And then I just blossomed.See Also
My skin cleared, I got braces, and yeah, I just kinda blossomed and I started to feel kind of 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.”