Brandi Duchii Mallory is the makeup artist featured on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss this week.
The episode on July 16 reveals that Mallory, who lives in Atlanta, weighed more than 250 pounds by the time she was 12.
Although she enjoyed taking ballet and tap lessons as well as competing in beauty pageants, judges told her that she was now too heavy to compete.
“Because of this, Brandi struggles to this day with finishing things – worried that if she gives it her all, someone will come & pull the rug from under her. Crushed by the criticism, Brandi quit competing and continued to put on weight throughout high school and well into her 20s. After reaching 329 pounds, she wrote a letter to trainer and transformation specialist Chris Powell asking him for help,” ABC said.
“In college she joined the organization ‘The Bold and the Beautiful Chic Society,’ a club for full figured women. Through this club Brandi organized and participated in a plus–sized pageant. The event was a success and it is something that she still donates her time to today. Her dream is to one day bring this society to high schools so she can help overweight teenage girls.
“But when it comes to herself, Brandi does realize the health risks of being this overweight. She realizes the damage she’s done to her body, and is most self conscious about her arms. Currently, her arms are 27″ around – and she would like nothing more than to lose weight & have the skin removal surgery to fix them.”
Mallory, 29, wants to get fit and start competing in beauty pageants again. During the Extreme Weight Loss episode, she spends time with Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri.
Mallory will also become Chris’ first client to compete in a Half Ironman, which forces her to swim, bike, and run a combined 70.3 miles in under eight hours. Sugarland guitarist Thad Beaty helps out with this accomplishment.
Celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito teaches Mallory how to eat helthier version of her favorite meals.
The goal is to lose one pound every day.
In this season of Extreme Weight Loss, each participant spends the first 90 days of his or her weight loss journey at the renowned University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) in Aurora, CO.
Chris and Heidi work with the center’s medical director Holly Wyatt, associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado.
Wyatt helps make it safe for participants to safely lose up to half their body weight.