"The pageant industry often battles criticism for promoting narrow notions of female beauty. And even when she was publicly winning crowns, Katie Boyd was losing a private battle with self-criticism. A pageant girl from her early teens, she felt enormous pressure to be swimsuit-svelte. So she exercised four hours a day, dabbled in growth hormones, took prescription meds to burn fat, and weighed her food before eating. She was a size zero, but her health was failing. [...] She decided to study exercise science at UMass Amherst and became a personal trainer for pageant competitors all over the country -- yielding national winners who diet and exercise in ways that are healthy for their bodies, minds, and self-esteem. Now 29, she even owns a training facility in Wellesley, the Miss Fit Club. [...] It's a reminder that glamorous girls come in all shapes. "I'm the healthiest I've ever been," says Boyd, now a size 10. "I no longer work out because I feel pressure to conform to a body style. I work out because it makes me feel good."
12 January 2011
Miss Fit ~ Exercise Club Entrepreneur Katie Boyd
The Bodies by Boston 2011 article in Stuff by Scott Kearnan and Daniel Mccarthy with photos by Tim Gray spots this shapely Miss Fit!