Heather Whitestone, Miss America 1994; deaf. Kayla Martell, Miss Delaware 2010; alopecia. Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012; aspergers. Nicole Kelly, Miss Iowa 2013; missing a forearm. None of these beautifully inspiring titleholders let what may appear to be a disability stop them in the pursuit of the Miss America crown.
This year, 2014 state titleholders from Kentucky, Idaho and New Jersey have overcame personal disabilities in the pursuit of the Miss America crown. Coincidentally so, 2/3 of these ladies share a name (with different spellings).