Feel Good Story of the Week: Beauty Queen With Autism Makes Miss America History
[Source: Disability Scoop]
She didn’t walk away with the crown, but Alexis Wineman knows she topped the American public’s list for Miss America.
Wineman, an 18-year-old from Cut Bank, Mont., made history this weekend as the first person with autism to compete in the 92-year-old beauty pageant. Though she did not become Miss America, Wineman was chosen as “America’s Choice” after beating out the other 52 contestants in an online vote that took place in the weeks leading up to the event.
Nearly 200,000 votes were cast, and the win –- announced during the live telecast of the pageant Saturday night on ABC — secured the reigning Miss Montana one of 16 spots in the semifinals.
“I didn’t know until they announced it to everyone,” Wineman said, calling the popular vote win “unreal.”
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