ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - It’s a pageant with over 40 contestants. They participate in talent, evening gown and interview. Some of the girl’s dream of being a doctor and others want to be teachers. You probably think it’s a pageant like all the others, right? You couldn’t be more wrong.
The Miss Amazing pageant is for girls and young women ages 5-35 with physical or mental disabilities. “We offer them the opportunity to show their abilities even though they have disabilities,” says Syndi Sills, Illinois Miss Amazing Pageant Director. And, while they’re showing their abilities they learn so much which was the reason the pageant was started in the first place. The founder of the Miss Amazing Program, Jordan Somer, competed in pageants and also was involved in the Special Olympics. She thought it was important that girls with disabilities have the same opportunity to learn skills in interviewing, public speaking, leadership, poise and most importantly confidence.
Each participant interviews with judges, introduces herself on stage and models her evening gown. If she chooses she can also be in the talent showcase. The girls have a chance to get involved in their community through this program as well. The cost to enter the pageant is 5 cans of food, and the price of a ticket to the show is ten dollars, all of which is donated to charity. The girls who are crowned queen for each of the 7 age divisions will deliver the canned goods to a charity as their first royal duty. The courage and determination the participants in the Illinois Miss Amazing pageant displayed was nothing short of, well… AMAZING.
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