She may not have won Miss USA, but Miss California, Nadia Mejia, definitely had the crowd captivated and moved by her story. During the pageant on June 5, Nadia opened up about her battle with anorexia, and in a blog post from earlier this year, she details her difficult journey even further.
Nadia Mejia, 20, had the Miss USA audience and viewers feeling quite emotional when she admitted to being anorexic during the 2016 pageant, but this wasn’t the first time she got real about her struggle with an eating disorder. Back in February, the 20-year-old explained how she got to this point, and how she continues to battle the disease each and every day.
“Being a full time model, I’m constantly judged based on my appearance and measurements,” she wrote. “I dealt with my anger and resentment a bit differently than probably most. I focused all my energy and heart into my work to distract me from the chaos going on around me. I would focus so much on pleasing my bookers, who body shamed me endlessly, that I went from 132 lbs. to 102 lbs. in the matter of 2 months. I counted calories endlessly and refused to eat over 1000 cal a day. I ran 4 miles a day and feared food more than anything in the world. Eight months of my life, I struggled with this. But with the support of my family and my faith in God, I was able to overcome what the devil was telling me.”
She added that her goal now is to inspire others to love themselves just the way they are, while also admitting she still deals with anorexia to this day. Clearly, Nadia hasn’t allowed the eating disorder to completely control her life, as she made it to the Top 5 of the Miss USA pageant on June 5!
Unfortunately, the 20-year-old had a bit of a flub when she got to the interview round and was asked about social and economic inequality. “When it comes to social and economic inequality, I think that the rich and the poor need to stop being so segregated,” she began. “I think there is a middle class. I think that the rich need to…”
And at that point, she totally blanked. Eventually, she took a deep breath and was able to continue. “I think that the rich need to be able to be giving and I think the poor need to work hard,” she concluded. “And I think the middle class needs to come together and find an in-between.”
Are you shocked that Miss California is anorexic, HollywoodLifers?