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This woman, once a 23-year-old college grad who was 5’7″ and weighed more than 170 pounds, has come a tremendously long way. Such a long way that she’s now Miss America.

That’s right, this once plus-sized beauty is the new Miss America, Nina Davuluri. According to Radar Online, just two years ago, the New Yorker had just finished school and found that she packed on 50 pounds after four years of study. She was ready to make a change. Davuluri says that she was “ashamed of myself for allowing myself to get so out of shape. I realized that I needed to make some serious changes if I wanted to get healthy and feel confident about myself.”

Davuluri made changes in the foods she was eating and started taking group fitness classes at her local gym. Before she knew it, she had shed 15 pounds and had planned to stay at that size. But when she made the decision to make a foray back into pageant life (Miss Greater Rochester), she decided to work even harder to shed more pounds to possibly be Miss America. She got on a strict food plan, started working with a trainer named Tia Falcone, and went from 150 to 117 when she was weighed this past June, losing more than 30 pounds in three months.

This is interesting considering it was alleged that Davuluri said the 2013 Miss America, Mallory Hagan, was “fat as f**k.” While she claims to have never said that, she still apologized because she felt like it was the right thing to do (whatever that means…).

Of course, Davuluri caught a lot of heat after winning Miss America for 2014, as the racists called her a terrorist and many other ugly things. But as Davuluri says, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

And when you look like she does, who cares what the haters have to say!? Work!

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