A few days to the Miss USA pageant, beauty queen and the winner of the Miss California pageant Allyshia Gupta revealed in a shocking announcement that she was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.
In a recent interview, the 26-year-old beauty queen Allyshia Gupta revealed that she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. She explained that she first knew about her diagnosis when she was just two years old.
She, however, never shared the story because she was scared of being seen in a lesser light. She buttressed that she did not want to be seen as disabled or incapable of carrying out basic tasks.
Allyshia Gupta being crowned Miss California USA 2020 on January 26, 2020 at Arcadia Performing Arts Center in Arcadia.| Photo: YouTube/Miss USA
The beauty queen added that she was advised by people not to share because it might give her a bad reputation. She also explained that her condition was uncommon, unlike cancer and diabetes, so it was rather complicated.
Nonetheless, with the Miss USA pageant looming closer by the day, Gupta has undoubtedly found the right time to share her story. She admitted that she felt she had done herself and Lyme disease a disservice by not owning fully what she was going through.
However, since she had proven herself and done something as big as winning Miss California, there has never been a more appropriate time than now. She added that it felt like she was in a place where she was comfortable with her capabilities.
Gupta has partnered with the Bay Area Lyme Foundation to help spread more awareness, and with the Miss USA competition just a few days away, the beauty queen has no doubt found strength with this shocking revelation.
The beauty queen won the crown in 1993, and it is safe to say that the world of beauty lost a shining star.
The beauty queen has also continued to be a source of inspiration. She migrated to the United States with her parents when she was much younger, and all her life, she had to work hard to make a good life for herself. After a standard education, she pursued a career in media.
She got her first job working for the ABC network in Los Angeles. She also had to wait for eight years to naturalize and become a legal US citizen before taking part in the Miss California pageant, which she eventually won.
Now she is set to take part in the upcoming Miss USA pageant, which is to take place at Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, TN. It will be aired live on the A+E Network's cable channel FYI on Monday, November 9, at 8 pm EST.
Last year's competition was aired live on Fox TV from the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Former Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst took home the much-coveted crown.
The first runner-up was Alejandra Gonzalez, Miss New Mexico, and the second runner-up was Triana Browne, Miss Oklahoma. Nick Lachey and wife Vanessa Lachey hosted the event while Carson Kressley and Lu Sierra served as commentators.
In other related news, former Miss America Leanza Cornett tragically passed away last month at 49 after sustaining a severe head injury. The beauty queen won the crown in 1993, and it is safe to say that the world of beauty lost a shining star.