Joanna from Malaysia was bullied for as long as she can remember by her peers, teachers and even parents. Everyone laughed at her excess weight – 60 kilos when she was 7, 100 when she was 13. She was the fattest girl in her school.
She got depressed for 3 years, but regained control over her life when she was 16, started eating just fruits and vegetables, and running at night, so that nobody could see her. Her weight dropped to the point of 52 kilos, but she never stopped.
Finally, after she turned 19 her hard work paid off – she won a beauty contest in her home state. Since then she started working for a modeling agency and finished second in Miss India Worldwide.