Being a beauty queen is something that many girls dream about. But, for one New Jersey woman this was her nightmare. Hannah Choi opened up recently in a YouTube video about her struggle with bulimia while competing in Miss NJ USA back in 2014. She has since gained 70 pounds and is hoping to spread her message of body confidence through the personal clip.
“People assumed, including my family members, that I was at my healthiest,” the beauty revealed about her 140-pound frame two years ago. “But, no one really knew what I was struggling with deep inside and at this point I definitely had an eating disorder. And when I was competing in Miss New Jersey, I feel like my eating disorder had really come to light because of how frequent it had become.”
About a year after she competed in Miss New Jersey, Hannah found out she was pregnant and had extreme morning sickness. Once she was able to eat again, she started binging. “I was really lost and confused,” she said. She gained 70 pounds, but at the same time turned to her religion and no longer felt the pressures she once faced at her thinnest. “I felt like I always had to be put together,” she added.
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Though Hannah admitted she does want to lose 50 pounds, she said her perspective has changed and it’s about being healthy not thin. She started an Instagram account and Christian-based blog called The Beauty of Our Imperfection to document her journey from and hopefully be a voice for other women suffering from eating disorders.
“I’ve never been more ready to share something that I swore I would never tell a single soul a few years ago when I competed for @missnjusa,” she wrote in a recent post. “If you’re struggling with an eating disorder or body image issues, you’re not alone.”