Alexa PenaVega may have danced her last dance on "Dancing With the Stars" last night, but she sure made an impact upon her exit.
Alexa and her coach Mark Ballas created a contemporary dance to reflect Alexa's personal journey and struggles with bulimia -- which started in childhood after a movie producer told her she was too fat.
For six years, Alexa suffered through her bulimia battle and while she's recovered now, it was a hard habit to kick.
"I wish I'd had somebody who could have told me, 'It's scary,'" she told People.com. "You struggle giving it up. You want to get rid of it but you struggle because, in a strange way, you enjoy it."
With her struggle behind her, Mark helped Alexa tell her story through motion. "A lot of people are afraid or get uncomfortable talking about issues like this," Mark said. "But I think that it's good to tackle the topic head on."
Despite getting standing ovations from the judges, Alexa was sent home on Nov. 9. But she left feeling grateful for the experience as well as for gaining the confidence and platform to share her story and help other people.
"I went through a big battle and all I wanted to do was move and inspire people and show them that bulimia is something that you can get over," Alexa said. "That's really all I wanted tonight. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my time in the competition."
Her husband, Carlos PenaVega, who is also a contestant on the show, posted a supportive message about his wife on Instagram: "I am the luckiest man in the world. I would do anything for this woman. She gave it her all. She was brave. She was a positive light. Tonight she showed the world that she was not afraid of her past. The courage she gives me can not be matched. Alexa..You are my rock. You have given millions of people hope."
We applaud Alexa PenaVega for her honesty and hope that she continues to spread awareness and do great things.
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