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How many little girls grow up feeling like they are not beautiful or accepted in society because they are different?

After being paralyzed in a car accident at 10 years old, I certainly grew up as one of these girls. My wheelchair had become a source of shame. I felt like being different put me on a lower level than the rest of my peers, and after years of bulling and discrimination from many different people in my life, I didn’t feel like I would ever have the ability to feel beautiful or be the confident girl that I dreamed of.

Many years into my journey, I eventually realized that I wanted to overcome my self-defeating thoughts to become an unstoppable woman who fights for her dreams and helps others do the same. Fast forward 14 years: I have now traveled across the country as the winner of Ms. Wheelchair USA encouraging people to live their fullest life regardless of their disability; have created educational series that shows people how to adapt to their life in a wheelchair; and have also founded a nonprofit organization that helps to provide mobility and accessibility to those with physical challenges nationally and internationally.

Now my goal is to help show girls and women across the country how THEY can find their inner confidence and beauty! I will achieve this by:

  1. Competing in the Miss North Carolina USA pageant as one of the first wheelchair contestants in the Miss USA system.
  2. Creating a motivational video series that coaches women on how to find inner confidence and overcome some of their biggest challenges.
  3. Speaking to kids and teens at schools and community organizations in North Carolina and across the US on how to foster inner beauty and le... Show More...

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Madeline Delp
Ms. Wheelchair USA 2017


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