My platform is built upon the idea that "every individual should feel comfortable in their own skin." As a survivor of anorexia nervosa and the official Massachusetts advocate for both the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (Meda), I live each and every day to raise awareness on these debilitating disorders and to spread the message to young girls that "Self-confidence is the single most important thing in the key to happiness. Do not let others’ opinions bring you down. Do not view yourself in a negative light. True beauty comes from within, and no individual can take that away from you. Love your body, your face, and your flaws…because everybody has them. Only you can build your own confidence and in turn secure your own happiness. You are capable of SO much, and in the process of trying to live life, please do not lose sight of your true self.” I serve as the official Massachusetts advocate for both the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association (Meda), I live each and every day to raise awareness on these debilitating disorders. My passion has lead me to work alongside the Massachusetts State House on policy changes. In January of 2018, I was successful in working one-on-one with our state senator and had the very first house bill passed in the state of MA regarding eating disorder awareness. My main goal is to remind all that have struggled and that are currently struggling that, "There is a beautiful life after recovery," and that individuals of any size can feel confident enough in their own skin to pursue any dream imaginable. We were all created differently, look differently, are shaped differently, come from different backgrounds, etc. But we all share that one thing in common: we are all beautiful. Size does not define beauty. Appearance does not define beauty. Every individual is beautiful in her own unique way. Self-love and a positive body-image need to be spoken about more often, as this negative stigma surrounding mental illness needs to be nearing its end.
A final year undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with a double concentration in exercise and health sciences with a pre-medical track. I will be applying to medical schools this upcoming academic year! I also have served as president of the Golden Key International Honor Society for the past 5 semesters, and serve on the international board of student members, traveling all over and expanding my leadership capacities. My long list of other extracurriculars range from volunteering at major Boston hospitals to teaching Anatomy & Physiology courses on-campus to pageantry!
University of Massachusetts Boston
I began doing pageants at the age of 21. In my very first interview, I was asked by one of the judges, "Why did it take you 21 years to begin in pageantry?" My clear and concise answer was: "Because it took me 21 years to finally love myself."