Crowning Glory

You can do it: Giving all girls a chance to be royal

When pageant queens gain fame, it's often for negative reasons, as when Miss South Carolina and Miss Utah scrambled their answers in the Q&A segment of Miss USA. Not so with the ten-year-old Miss You Can Do It pageant, the subject of an HBO documentary premiering on June 24. Founded by Abbey Curran, a former Miss Iowa and the first Miss USA contestant with a disability, the pageant gives the stage to young girls with a variety of mental and physical challenges. “I was brought up my entire life that you don’t look, you don’t stare, you don’t ask, you sort of pretend they’re not there,” documetary director Ron Davis sys. “This pageant blows every preconceived notion out of the water about what a pageant could and should be about. This one is about empowering these little girls, about celebrating what is right about them; it’s about celebrating their beauty on the inside.”

Read it at the Daily Beast

June 24, 2013 5:22 PM