After being crowned Mrs. Georgia, Boyd (diagnosed with RA as a teenager) used her title to promote arthritis awareness, serving as a spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation. Unable to take RA medications because of another condition, Boyd has used cortisone shots, physical therapy, and surgeries to help treat the disease. “I’m in pain all day, every day, since I was 15–that was 29 years ago," she says. "Arthritis doesn’t take a day off and neither do I." Boyd has a thriving career as celebrity makeup artist, and she even founded her own makeup line, Meredith Boyd Cosmetics. "It's my mission to encourage others newly diagnosed with this crippling disease."