Hi everyone! This is my first official post on my new Blog and I am so excited to start off this new year! First I have to say I am honored and humbled to be your new Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Olivia McMillan. I never imagined that I would have this incredible opportunity. As a girl who always struggled with weight and emotional eating, I never believed that winning pageants was in my future. I had a distinct picture in my head that the ideal pageant girl was perfection… everything that I wasn’t as a 5’10” statuesque, biracial girl.
I came to realize that the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization was exactly what I needed. An organization that promotes bright, kind and well-rounded girls, who are healthy and fit for their own specific body types. At the beginning of my local MAOT pageant journey, there were those who told me I was too fat to compete in a state pageant. I was 16 years old at the time, and that really messed with my head. I stepped back, took an honest look at myself and realized that I wasn’t living a healthy lifestyle. I decided to make a huge change for myself, not for anyone else, just for ME! Through healthy eating and exercise, I lost 50 pounds over the course of the year and achieved a healthy weight that felt right for me. Perfect or not, I was blessed to win my state pageant in Georgia, and then I went on to become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen!
This year, I hope to inspire girls to be their best selves and to love themselves and embrace who they are unapologetically! I want to help young girls learn that it is okay to just be themselves, whether they are a size 2 or a size 20! It is important to be healthy, and I hope that as I blog my fitness journey over this year, I can help to inspire others to seek more healthy lifestyles. I want people to know that they can accomplish any goal, even when they face adversity.
I am adopted and biracial, and my adoptive brother has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and bipolar disorder. While we are fortunate to have such a caring family, you can imagine that challenges do arise! Through my blog, I’ll be sharing some of them and how my family and I push through together. I am also proud to help others through my platform, The Sibling Support Project and my role as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador of Children for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’ll share more soon!
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope girls will relate to my story and work hard to reach their dreams, no matter what obstacles are put in their path. I am thankful for all of the wonderful support from the MAOT organization. I look forward to an amazing year! Thank you!