SALT LAKE CITY – A pageant that celebrates the talents of young women with disabilities was held recently, and some of the winners spoke to FOX 13 News.
The Miss Amazing Pageant aims to help girls with disabilities make friends, gain self-esteem and show off their talents.
Rissely Parra, Utah Miss Amazing state director, said they provide a haven for the girls.
“It's not like a beauty pageant,” she said. “It's a safe environment for these girls to kind of all come together."
Miss Amazing Queen Beth Livingston said she shared a poem at the pageant.
“It was a poem, about listening to the don'ts the won'ts, and I really like the part at the end that I said, about 'Anything Can Be,’” she said.
Beth and her family are heading to Omaha, Nebraska to participate in the national portion of the Miss Amazing Pageant. Beth said they are going to promote her platform: “Don’t dis our abilities.”
The Miss Amazing Pageant also helped collect food for the Utah Food Bank; the entry fee was five cans of food, and those entry fees all went to local food banks.
Parra said she enjoys being part of the pageant.
"It was fun to see them all,” she said. “They just all loved getting their crowns, and they get trophies."
The Miss Amazing Pageant is currently held in 25 states, and event organizers hope to expand the pageant to all 50 states soon.
For more information about the pageant, visit their website.