Amber-Lee Friis had a rocky start in life. Growing up in West Auckland, New Zealand, she had more than the normal teen growing pains to contend with.
But she wasn’t happy. She struggled with weight and life, and started really trying to turn things around when she turned 18.
“I had a negative outlook on everything,” Friis told NZ Stuff. “I pictured myself as being an angry, fat, old lady but then I thought: This is not what I want to be like.”
She worked hard and began succeeding on multiple fronts — one of which was being invited to participate in