A teenager who battled against anorexia wants to show people it is possible to conquer the disorder, after winning the regional heats of a beauty competition.
Suzie Galvin, 16, from Pound Hill, suffered from the disorder, which sees people trying to keep their weight as low as possible by restricting the amount of food they eat, for three years.
After recovering from the illness, Suzie decided to push herself further and entered the UK Beauty Competition.
Suzie said she wanted to show others that you can beat the illness and that ‘you are beautiful inside and outside’.
Suzie said: “When I was told I had won, I was over the moon. I didn’t enter it because I thought I was the most beautiful, I had a eating disorder and I wanted to show that you are beautiful inside as well as outside. You can overcome anything. I have never been as low as when I was suffering from anorexia. It was just awful. I didn’t want to go out and I didn’t want to see anyone. I would cry. I want to tell people in a similar situation to me to try and find the strength. They say it is like a secret because you can’t talk about it. But if you can find just one person to talk too, and confide in. Whenever you feel you are low, don’t think you can’t make it through. You have got to find the strength.”
Part of the competition was an opportunity to show a talent. Suzie decided to read a monologue of her battle with her illness. She continued: “I didn’t tell anyone that I had entered it at first, until I won. My friends screamed and hugged me. There were four rounds in the competition. The toughest round was the talent round. I thought to myself I don’t really have a talent! But I decided to do a monologue about my eating disorder. I cried doing it, that was the hardest thing.”
Suzie was representing Essex in the competition because she has family there. She added: “I am so happy and I want to thank the organiser of the competition and everyone who came and supported me.”
Proud mum Karen said: “She wanted to prove to herself that she could do it. She wanted to show people that they can do it too and it can help get through it.”
Suzie will now appear in the final in Brighton in September.