Lily Cole was bullied for being ginger.

The beautiful supermodel has admitted she was cruelly taunted when she was at school for having red hair, and although it was initially hard to deal with, she soon grew to love being different.

The model-turned-actress - whose unusual colouring made her a millionaire and the face of cosmetic giants Rimmel - said: "When I was younger I definitely did face anti-ginger prejudice. As a child all teasing hurts, whether it's because you're fat or a different race or have red hair. I had enough comments from a couple of people to make it a sore point.

"I sympathise with children who are going through it but when they get older and are away from stupid children making comments, most people grow to love their red hair."

She also denied the fashion industry has a problem with drugs and eating disorders - claiming it is found everywhere.

The 22-year-old star told Britain's Metro newspaper: "No, those problems exist everywhere.

"I've seen them at school and in other working environments. Going down those roads is a personal choice and one I haven't made so I haven't been exposed to it."