The first Miss Wheelchair World beauty pageant was held in Warsaw, Poland on October 7th, bringing together 24 contestants from 19 countries around the globe.
Together, these beautiful contestants defied traditional beauty stereotypes and denounced the idea that wheelchairs are limiting in any way to one’s capabilities or self-worth.
Aleksandra Chichikova was crowned the winner, a 23-year-old psychology student from Belarus. Her contestant profile has some powerful words for all of us to remember today:
“I am convinced my life can illustrate that a person may be successful, strong, purpose-driven, beautiful and attractive regardless of how he moves.”
If you’re curious, you can see more of her contestant profile here.
Aleksandra and the other contestants aren’t the only inspirational part of this competition, either. The pageant is actually organized by the Only One Foundation, a Polish organization which aims to shed light on the fact that a wheelchair is a luxury in many parts of the world.
This is what true inspiration, true beauty looks like. When we celebrate and admire ground breaking women like this, we all win 🙌
If you’re looking for your #mondaymotivation today, this is it: Defy the stigmas. Break the barriers. Lead a purpose-driven life.
And we thank all of the women in this pageant for showing us just how powerful that can be! 💗