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The Chicago pageant beauty discusses her life hurdles and how you should always dream big!


Born and raised in Chicago, Miss Illinois 2014 Maris Buchheit is very proud of her roots there. She went to public schools and then studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music to study opera, which is her passion. Although she didn’t come from a musical background, she’s always had music inside her.

Buchheit discussed gaining some weight when she was in her middle school years.

She didn’t believe in herself and her parents said they hardly saw her smile. Buchheit had to overcome much adversity as a 12 year-old child overweight. She explains that she wanted to be anybody else expect herself because everyone else, was thin. She says no matter what you face, you can overcome it. There are no limitations! 

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