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Woman Loses 110 Pounds, Then Wins Miss South Carolina Pageant

Jul. 12 2011, Published 11:35 a.m. ET

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By Adam S. Levy - Staff Writer

From stretch marks to swimsuit competitions, Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce has seen it all.

Boyce has quite the backstory, as the gorgeous 22-year-old dropped 110 pounds en route to capturing this year's Miss South Carolina crown.

Boyce, appearing on Good Morning America Tuesday, said she competed in child pageants until she was 7 years old, when she began putting on weight.

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She said her inspirational journey began after her weight was causing her knee ailments, and doctors advised her to slim down. She said she shed the weight through a combo of diet and exercise, with no gimmicks or shortcuts.

"My whole thing is about finding things that you like, that are healthy," Boyce told Robin Roberts, adding that moderation and portion control were key in her metamorphosis.

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Boyce said she'd one day like to work with First Lady Michelle Obama in her fitness campaign.

Boyce said her sister, who also competes in pageants, served as an inspiration to her through the years.

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Boyce then pulled out a pair of her old jeans -- size 18 -- to illustrate how far she's come.

"I'm just so happy to say I did it for no one else but myself," she said.



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