Defying gravity at Miss Iowa pageant

On June 8th┬áNicole Kelly was crowned Miss Iowa. What’s really special about that is that she will be the only one-armed contestant for Miss America.┬áKelly intends to discuss overcoming disabilities during that pageant in September.

Nicole Kelly Miss Iowa 2013

Kelly graduated last year with a degree in theatre and hopes to be a stage manager on Broadway.

I found my passion within a world where I was giving people permission to stare: the stage

She performed Defying Gravity from Wicked for her talent. I’d have loved to see that!

Read more about Kelly here and about other disabled contestants in Miss America pageants.