‘Beauty pageants rebuilt my life’
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Plus-size beauty queen: 'Pageants rebuilt my life'

Lady Mya Amarise is a British Muslim plus-size model and beauty queen promoting body positivity by example.

She was married at the age of 16, and raised four children after the breakdown of her marriage.

After a sickness that left her bedridden, the now 41-year-old gained so much weight, she lost confidence in herself.

Competing in beauty pageants, she says, has changed her life.

Reporter: Shabnam Mahmood, BBC Asian Network

Filmed and edited by: Soraya Auer

  • 27 Jan 2019