When the cameras stop clicking and the spotlight shuts off, not every beauty queen lives a charmed life, and a former Miss Tennessee will speak at Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Martin Methodist College about the challenges that she wrote about in her book, Pain Behind the Smile: My Battle with Bulimia.

The presentation, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Martin Hall Auditorium, is free and open the public. The event is being co-sponsored by the Student Life office and the Division of Nursing at Martin Methodist College. A large crowd is expected, so interested persons are encouraged to arrive early. The auditorium doors will open at 6 p.m.

Leah Hulan had already earned her bachelor of arts degree in French and Military Science from Middle Tennessee State University and had been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army military intelligence, serving in Panama, when she won the titles of Miss Tennessee in 1992 and Miss Tennessee USA in 1994. She represented her state in the Miss America Pageant and the Miss USA Pageant and served as the governor’s official spokesperson for the Alliance for a Drug-Free Tennessee.

But through it all, she kept a dark secret . . . she was battling a serious eating disorder.

In recovery now for more than 17 years, she now owns and manages a successful business, Grumpy’s Bail Bonding, LLC, and lives with her husband in Williamson County. She continues to speak and offer compassion and support to anyone who may be suffering from the insidious effects of eating disorders.

Leah Hulan grew up in an atmosphere of rural simplicity on a farm in Beechgrove, Tenn., in Coffee County. She was taught at an early age to set her goals high and it was far more important and effective to work for people and relationships than to work solely for money. She enrolled in the ROTC program at MTSU to finance her education. Her graduation and commission led her into the Army’s military intelligence division. She later served in the Tennessee National Guard, where she was promoted to first lieutenant.

In her business, she says her focus is to help those people who have been locked up behind bars and who are in the greatest need not only for prayer and compassion, but also for strict guidance and accountability in order to make a real change in the way they live their lives.

For more information about her presentation at Martin Methodist College, call 931-424-7382.

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478