Woman dubbed ‘England’s sexiest fan’ wants law against online abuse

Woman dubbed ‘England’s sexiest fan’ wants law against online abuse

Grace Teal.  A woman labeled England's sexist fan has said online abuse won't stop her from supporting the lions and is calling for a change in the law.  See SWNS story SWSMbeauty.  Grace Teal, 35, said she has received hundreds of abusive messages after an article supporting the England team went viral.  Since the article went live on Monday, Nov. 21, the mother of one of the children has received abusive comments saying she looks like Michael Jackson and that there's more plastic in her than in the ocean.  Grace is deeply hurt by the comments and is calling for a change in the law to prevent incidents like this.

Grace Teal, 35, was named ‘England’s sexiest fan’ after she posted the photo to much attention (Picture: SWNS)

A woman who dressed in a bikini to support the England football team has hit back at online bullies.

Grace Teal, 35, was named ‘England’s sexiest fan’ after she posted the photo to much attention, but also received hundreds of abusive messages at the same time.

The mum, from Doncaster in Yorkshire, said: ‘Of course I’m very flattered by it and it’s really nice to be called that.

“It gives me a confidence boost, it’s an honor – it’s harmless fun and banter and I’m all for that for the World Cup.

“I’m a big football fan, I always do something with football and I always support them.

“I have a little boy and he loves it too, I try to go to the pub and watch the game and support everyone.

“The World Cup is a great opportunity to get everyone together and celebrate.

“But the trolling I’ve been on at the end makes my heart sink.

“It upset me a lot. I stood in front of the mirror and thought, “Do I really look like this?”

Grace Teal.  A woman labeled England's sexist fan has said online abuse won't stop her from supporting the lions and is calling for a change in the law.  See SWNS story SWSMbeauty.  Grace Teal, 35, said she has received hundreds of abusive messages after an article supporting the England team went viral.  Since the article went live on Monday, Nov. 21, the mother of one of the children has received abusive comments saying she looks like Michael Jackson and that there's more plastic in her than in the ocean.  Grace is deeply hurt by the comments and is calling for a change in the law to prevent incidents like this.

The businesswoman posted a photo of herself posing in her kitchen in a red bikini with long white football socks (Photo: SWNS)

Grace Teal.  A woman labeled England's sexist fan has said online abuse won't stop her from supporting the lions and is calling for a change in the law.  See SWNS story SWSMbeauty.  Grace Teal, 35, said she has received hundreds of abusive messages after an article supporting the England team went viral.  Since the article went live on Monday, Nov. 21, the mother of one of the children has received abusive comments saying she looks like Michael Jackson and that there's more plastic in her than in the ocean.  Grace is deeply hurt by the comments and is calling for a change in the law to prevent incidents like this.

However, Grace said she was ‘deeply hurt’ by the abusive messages she received afterwards (Picture: SWNS)

The businesswoman posted a photo of herself posing in her kitchen in a red bikini with long white soccer socks.

But she said she was “deeply hurt” by comments that called her an “attention seeker” and said “there’s more plastic in her than the ocean.”

Another commenter claimed there was “more foundation on her than a building site” and called her “a mannequin.”

One person even asked, “What’s wrong with her face?” Was she on fire?’

But Grace said she “don’t let it define her” and has called for new laws to protect people from online trolls.

“I’m pretty insecure in a lot of ways and I’m successful in my own rights — people said I’m a gold digger and I’m cheap,” she added.

“I really think the reason people do these things is they feel like they can because they’re behind their screens.

“If someone came to you and started harassing you in that way, it would be an offence.

Grace Teal.  A woman labeled England's sexist fan has said online abuse won't stop her from supporting the lions and is calling for a change in the law.  See SWNS story SWSMbeauty.  Grace Teal, 35, said she has received hundreds of abusive messages after an article supporting the England team went viral.  Since the article went live on Monday, Nov. 21, the mother of one of the children has received abusive comments saying she looks like Michael Jackson and that there's more plastic in her than in the ocean.  Grace is deeply hurt by the comments and is calling for a change in the law to prevent incidents like this.

Grace, a former glamor model, said she doesn’t let trolls define her (Picture: SWNS)

“I think something needs to be put in place where harassment isn’t just physical and not just by someone you know — there needs to be a law that covers social media.”

She used to be a glamor model but said she “came out of retirement” to post the photo.

“Self love is everything,” Grace said. “There is nothing wrong with embracing yourself and where you come from.

‘I have a child. I worked really hard and got my body where I wanted it – I’m proud of myself.

“I want to stand up to these comments, get to grips with all this filth that is going on.

“I want people to know they hurt my feelings, but they didn’t put me down.”

She has also called for an easier way to report abuse on social media platforms.

“Something needs to be put in place where they can identify and remove horrible posts and comments,” she said.

“There needs to be an easier way for people to report abuse online, so you have the assurance that something will be done about it.”

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