Nobody would have ever guessed that a 16-year old Bree Boyce would one day become Miss South Carolina.

That’s because the 22-year old brunette from Florence, South Carolina, weighed 230 pounds during her teenage years. She was able to drop 110 pounds not by dieting, but instead embracing a lifestyle of moderate eating.

After taking the Miss South Carolina tiara Saturday, Boyce said that she was particularly proud of also winning the swimsuit competition.

On her Facebook page ‘Beee Boyce – Eating Healthy and Fighting Obesity,’ the beauty queen states that her ‘goal in life is to inspire all ages to become healthy through good eating habits, exercise, and believing in Yourself.’

Boyce will compete for the Miss America title in Las Vegas in January. She talks about her weight loss in the video below.