Here’s something you don’t hear often; a beauty queen loses over 100 pounds and is running for Miss America. At 5’7″ and her heaviest weight, Bree Boyce was 17 and 234 lbs admittedly binging on junk food and hiding it from her family.
Her doctor gave her a wake-up call and three years later, she’s lost over 110 pounds naturally. Last week, 22-year-old Bree was crowned Miss South Carolina and she’ll compete in January for Miss America.
Bree’s pageant platform is “Eating Healthy and Fighting Obesity” Becki J Owens Photography
I usually think of pageant winners as growing up looking “perfect” and never having a chubby or awkward stage, so Bree’s story is both inspirational and unique pic of Bree as teen
Bree shown here as a teenager before she lost the weight without surgery or dangerous diets
pic from Today Show
Her personal platform had me thinking about a recent outdoor event I attended with a lot of families and kids there. I was playing table tennis and a few girls ran up and wanted to play. One 8-year-old girl asked me to help her and after about a minute it was apparent she’d never held a ping pong paddle.
“You’ll get it,” I said. “Just keep practicing, you’re doing great,” I encouraged her.
“Yea, I play all the time,” the little girl said as she returned the ball over my head.
“Really?” I asked.
“I play Ping Pong on my Wii, but I’ve never played like this before,” she answered.
I felt a little sad to wonder how many hours of Wii Ping Pong she’d played, but NEVER in “real” life. How many kids and teens today are amazing at Madden NFL or mastered Tiger Wood’s PGA Tour 10, but have never actually thrown a football or had the chance to swing a golf club?
Random pic from Google. This reminds me of when I used to babysit my younger brothers and how impossible it is to tear kids away from video games.
Recent pageant winners have gained national attention for bad behavior and nude photo scandals so Bree’s story is refreshing.