watchingthewinners B REE B OYCE
ree Boyce was crowned Miss
Capital City 2011 in the Miss
South Carolina (MAO) sys-
tem, beginning her journey to
eventually win the crown of
Miss South Carolina and ﬁnally compete
in the 2012 Miss America Pageant this
year. After winning the title of Miss
South Carolina, Boyce became the focus
of extensive media attention, and was fea-
tured on The Today Show, Good Morning
America, The View, and Inside Edition.
Bree lost over 112 pounds, working ex-
haustively to be a living example of her
platform—“Eating Healthy and Fighting
Obesity”. Bree has lived with obesity and
she has won the ﬁght against it, becoming
a shining example of hard work, determi-
nation, dreaming big and succeeding.
Growing up, Bree was always over-
weight and supported her older sister,
who had competed successfully in pag-
eants. Bree never thought that she would
have those same opportunities, but she
continued to secretly dream of one day
becoming Miss America. At the age of
17, Bree was weighing in at over 230 lbs.
and her dreams seemed to be unattain-
able. “I used to make fun of my weight
with others to ﬁt in and be the funny,
overweight girl,” the 23-year old told Peo-
ple magazine in a feature cover story.
PAGEANTRY “I’d go home and cry, not because of
what others had said about me, but about
what I had said about myself,” she added.
It became an eye opener as she was
told by her doctor that she was at high
risk for type II diabetes, heart disease, and
several types of cancers. She knew from
that moment her life depended on getting
her health in check and recognizing it as
a main priority.
Bree left the doctor’s ofﬁce deter-
mined, embarrassed, motivated, and un-
sure. She set small goals for herself
week-by-week and accomplished them by
staying in the right mind set and having
the determination to prove to herself and
others that she could do it. Today, at 23
years of age, Bree can proudly say that she
has lost over 112-pounds and has become
the woman she always hoped to be.
Through her struggles Bree has become a
conﬁdent, successful, and driven individ-
ual. The Miss America Organization em-
powers young women and Bree stands
ﬁrmly in the motto.
Her life’s goal is to improve the health
of Americans and to get people to notice
that obesity is sweeping this nation by
storm. Empowered by the Miss America
Organization, Bree has the opportunity to
reach people in all walks of life and en-
courage them to set their goals high and
to work every day at achieving whatever it
is they set out to do.
Through her Facebook fan page
Boyce reaches thousands of people
throughout America and even the world
by encouraging them and giving advice to
live a better life. Social networking has
become such a wonderful tool for Bree to
communicate with others and to promote
her platform on a higher level.
Bree was named the Lifestyle Change
Award Winner by the American Heart
Association and she was even recognized
by First Lady Michelle Obama for her
work in promoting a healthy lifestyle to
kids and adults. She has had the opportu-
nity to work closely with the director for
the documentary ﬁlm “Finding Thin”,
searching for the answers as to why
America has become so unhealthy.
At the 2012 Miss America pageant,
CUTTING THE FAT: In her quest to become Miss Ameri-
ca, Bree Boyce [seen above] dumped her unhealthy excess
weight. After three years of sticking to her new lifestyle, Bree
dropped over 112 lbs. and won the Miss South Carolina
2011 crown [seen below] promoting a platform committed
to eating healthy and ﬁghting obesity.
Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce was one
of a dozen semi-ﬁnalists waiting for her
chance to perform in the talent portion of
the event, but didn’t get her chance as she
It may have been a heart-breaking end
to her pageant run, but this probably
won’t be the last time you’ll see Bree on
your television screen.
“I have a lot of TV shows offering me
jobs,” Boyce said when asked what she
would do next. She added that she also
has book offers.
Bree hopes to encourage others to be-
lieve that anything is possible through
hard work and perseverance and she wish-
es everyone will recognize that. Ⅺ