Hey my name is Pearl! I am 25 years old and for my entire life I have been the big girl. In every school, every grade I was always the biggest one but that never stopped me from putting on an amazing pair of jeans, and a cute top and a bright smile and going out and giving the world my best. Although, this was great, there were days where I needed to fake it. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to lose weight and only for me and no one else. I love the Pearl I am. She is smart, funny, bright, and a little wild but I wouldn’t have her any other way. My weight has never defined me. I still did everything, if not better than anyone who thought to talk down to me because of the size of my jeans. I hike, camp, kayak, surf, backpack and all because I can and I love it. My life is bigger than my stomach, my thighs or arms. I am bigger than my body and I am going to use it to move, to laugh, to stretch or run and definitely to dance. My life isn’t meant to be tolerated but celebrated! No one can and will take that away from me. I will never give anyone that much power of me. I love a good challenge so anytime some one tells me I can not do something, not only do I do it, but I beat their score! lol I love who I am, it took me a long time to get here and IF/When i lose weight, it will be for strength, to continue to live a long life, to continue to do the things I love and to be the best kind of me. I love me, YOU SHOULD LOVE YOU! Do not give someone your power, they will not use it for good. You are beautiful, strong, and awesome and let everyone know that my weight is only a grain of me! I am the only one counting this ballot and your vote doesn’t count!