DAVENPORT, IA (FOX NEWS) – Nicole Kelly was crowned Miss Iowa this weekend. The 22-year-old was born without a left forearm. Despite her physical disability, Kelly won the pageant. She says winning the title is a way for her to speak out for girls like her. Girls who are struggling with being different.
“I found I could tell people it was acceptable to stare. It was the place that was kind of an outlet for me, a place I could stand up and be myself, and say here I am, and I’m confident in myself.” said Nicole Kelly.
Kelly will compete in the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.