The Miss Abilities Organization is giving young men and women the opportunity to put the “ability in disability” at their 4th annual pageant.
It’s about more than just showcasing your talents, it’s also about making friends.
“I really like her, she’s really nice and one of the few people that actually [doesn’t] judge me,” said Phoebe Gilbo, Junior Teen Beauty.
Gilbo has Aspergers Syndrome and her friend Kayleigh Conlon has Major Depressive Disorder.
“I got it after I found my granddaddy on the floor, I was the only one in the house. I couldn’t breathe, none of my senses were working for two minutes when my mom came out and confirmed he was gone,” said Conlon, Junior Teen Beauty.
Contestants competed in six different categories during Saturday’s event. The organization plans to expand and host regional pageants so that more people will be able to have this experience.
This year was the first time the pageant had a mister category and they say they are looking forward to watching it grow in the future.