Receiving praise for her healthy shape during the Miss USA pageant, Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl revealed she was appreciative of the comments and was proud of her "normal" body.
Showing a very healthy figure at Sunday night's Miss USA competition, Diehl said she was thankful for the praise she received in regard to having a realistic and fit shape, E! News reported.
"So cool I worked hard on my body without obsessing over being too skinny and I couldn't be more proud," the brunette beauty tweeted in response to E!'s complementary story about her awesome bikini bod.
The entertainment site reported how Diehl made Twitter explode with "a spontaneous round of applause" after she competed in the Miss USA swimsuit competition. The 25-year-old beauty queen sported a curvier-than-usual shape, which gained praise all over for being more "normal" than the typical twig-like figures seen at beauty contests.
Unfortunately, Diehl didn't advance to the finals and into the top 10, disappointing fans everywhere who loved that she looked like an "average woman," unlike the other contestants. But she accomplished her goal of making it to the Miss USA pageant and with a positive response to boot.
However, an even bigger feat she trampled over in her life is a past horrifying sexual abuse encounter when she was just a little girl.
"I was 8 years old when I was sexually abused," Diehl told Indiana's WNDU local radio show. "Very quickly after that we moved in with my grandmother and eventually [I] was adopted."
The man who hurt her was a friend of the family and her parents decided not to press charges against him. Diehl revealed that at first it was very hard to deal with, but eventually with the help of her grandmother she was able to surpass the ordeal.
"I had horses. We tried 4-H, I tried saddle club," she said. "Dancing was my emotional outlet. I loved to dance, and that became my emotional release."
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