She Had Been Bullied For Excess Weight Even By Her Parents. Today, She Is A Beauty Queen!

Date August 6, 2018 09:54

Do you remember "The Ugly Duckling," a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen? Every child has been told this story, but a very few people realize it often happens in real life. Joanna Joseph from Malaysia happened to be not the prettiest child to say the least, but eventually turned into a "beautiful swan" and became the true beauty queen.

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At 13 years old, the girl weighed more than 220 pounds and was constantly an object of jokes and mockery in her school. Even her teachers and relatives teased her. Because of the constant abuse, Joanna fell into severe depression and began to treat her condition by eating even more, thus gaining even more weight.

The girl recalls the horrible past:

I grew up eating. I could eat five plates of rice in one go. I was 60kg (132 lbs) when I was seven years old and the fattest child in pre-school.

The withdrawal seemed to be the only way to hide from her mental pain. The girl was listening to Linkin Park and Justin Bieber 24/7 and continued to live in her personal "hell." This lasted up until she realised she could change things up:

I went through hell from the age of 12 till 16 until I decided to take matters into my own hands because I realised that if I wasn't going to act, I'd be the same forever.

The girl started dieting and running every day, and the weight gradually began to decrease. But, unfortunately, the girl's path of transformation led to a new reason for bullying. The classmates accused her of losing weight due to drugs and called her a "drug addict". But, Johanna was focused on her goal and decided that nothing else really mattered. With the new diet and regular exercises, the girl not only was changing her body but also strengthening her character.

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Joanna managed to lose weight up to 115 pounds and also to participate in lots of beauty contests. In 2016, she even won the title of Miss Selangor.

Nevertheless, Johanna did not stop there and went even further. She started working in a modeling agency and took second place in the Miss India Worldwide competition in 2018.

Joanna sums up her tough life journey:

I had to push myself and sacrifice a lot of things in life to get to where I stand today. When I saw changes, I began to like what I see.

According to the girl, she made the transformation on her own, without any help from trainers or dieticians. If this is true, we can only applaud Joanna!

Joanna tries to motivate other people to strive for a better, healthier life. In her opinion, you can achieve any results if you set a proper goal that suits you and go for it no matter what. Actions matter!

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