The Texas Miss Amazing Program held their third annual event on March 25 in Sugar Land Town Square, with over 40 participants in eight divisions, they crowned everyone a princess as well as six Queens who will now move on to Nationals.
Best friends Ashley Christian and Laura Bueno brought Miss Amazing to Texas three years ago to create more opportunities for girls and women with disabilities.
“Our goal is remind these amazing young women that beauty truly has no limits,” said Christian.
One of the winning contestants, Harper, a toddler representing Team Harpstrings, was escorted by Mythiquer Pickett, Founder of We See Abilities, a nonprofit that transforms lives through the joys of sports and community activities everywhere everyday by highlighting their abilities in life.
Miss Amazing Inc., a nonprofit organization, was founded in Omaha in 2007 by Jordan Somer to provide opportunities for girls and women with disabilities to build self confidence in a supportive environment. The organization’s core program is the Miss Amazing Pageant, which is now held in over 30 states across the country.
Following their state pageant, the directors and Queens will move on to a Nationals to be held in Chicago in 2017. The program increases the visibility of girls and women with disabilities by amplifying their strengths and accomplishments through social and mainstream media.
By drawing attention to the participant’s abilities, the program dispels the myth that females with disabilities are completely dependent and invaluable for society. The program also empowers the participants to build their social and communication skills as they publicly speak and engage in one on one interviews.