Miss Arizona: I'm proud of my 'achievable body'

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- When Jordan Wessel of Ahwatukee represented Arizona at the Miss USA competition last weekend, she did our state proud.

Wessel, 20, is a junior at Arizona State University where she is studying nutrition communication.

Wessel is especially passionate about her area of study because of several years of personal health struggles she endured.  For three years, she dealt with a debilitating physical condition that doctors couldn't identify, let alone cure.

Wessel sat down with 3TV's Kaley O'Kelley Friday to talk about her experience, what finally worked for her, why she embraces her curves and what an "achievable body" means.

After competing in a bikini fitness show prior to running for Miss Arizona USA, Wessel said she was "so stick thin."

Maintaining a gluten-free diet out of necessity, Wessel said she eats six times a day -- a low-carb, high-protein meal every two hours.

"Preparing for Miss USA, I wanted a little bit more of a curve," she explained. "I wanted a healthier body type opposed to what I had, where I was just so stick thin. I have a more achievable body now and I'm very proud of it."

Wessel's Miss USA biography and photos