PAGEANTRY AND EATING DISORDERSHappy Monday, all!
Today's blog is a very special guest blog from our friend Nicole Ortiz(@MissDeIntl2012) - i.e., Miss Delaware International 2012 (titleholder), Miss Maryland United States 2009 (titleholder), Miss United States 2009, Miss Maryland USA 2009 (Top 15), Miss Maryland USA 2008 (Best in Swimsuit Award)!
Quite a resume - on top of all of that, Nicole is the co-founder of the website PageantProfessors.com, and a wonderful advocate for eating disorder prevention and intervention, as well as promoting positive self-image! We are extremely excited to have her guest blog for us, as eating disorders and positive body image are crucially important issues to be educated about.
Pageantry and eating
On the surface, pageantry might seem like an
unlikely hobby for someone with a history of eating disorders, but it’s been
through this unique platform that I’ve been able to heal. Here are a few ways
that pageantry helped me regain my confidence and achieve my dream of being an
advocate for eating disorders awareness.
Engage in positive
self talk: Preparing for a pageant includes filling out a bio sheet, which
often drives the questions asked during your personal interview. The simple act
of listing my educational and professional achievements, hobbies and community
involvement reminded me of the many talents, strengths and gifts I possess. My
inner critic grew more silent every day as I cultivated a new habit of positive
Let go of
pressures and expectations: Life with an eating disorder was exhausting; I
put tremendous pressure on myself to be perfect. For years, my self worth was
tied to the number on a scale. Today, sharing my story with other young women
and families impacted by the diseases encourages me to let go of the invisible
and impossible standards I created and move forward.
dreaming, start doing: I spent many years on the sidelines of my life,
watching others achieve big things. I was so afraid of failing that I never
took big risks. Five years ago, I would never have stepped foot on a national
stage or opened up about my eating disorders to the community. However, as
terrifying as these things are, having the opportunity to represent my state and
spearheading the first National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in Delaware are
well worth the risk!
are possible. The roads to Miss Delaware International and eating disorder
recovery were challenging and without persistence, I wouldn’t have achieved
either! I competed three times before winning my first state title and found
myself relapsing during times of stress and transition. In years when I lost
the crown, I never lost faith in myself. Victory over a decade-long battle with
anorexia and bulimia suddenly put any and all things within my reach.
Above all things, I am thankful for this special journey; it’s amazing what
miraculous things can happen along the road to self love.
For more information on eating disorders, check out our Health Issues section. Remember, giving your child the knowledge to build a healthy lifestyle helps to promote great body image. Make a healthy choice - for life!
4/29/2012 10:30:49 PM|KRIS.VANVONDEREN