Monday, July 08, 2013

Disabilities In The Media: Miss You Can Do It

Have you guys seen the new HBO documentary Miss You Can Do It? The documentary chronicles the inspiring work of Abbey Curran, who was crowned Miss Iowa USA 2008 and went on to become the first woman with a disability to compete in the Miss USA pageant. Born with cerebral palsy, she never let her physical limitations stop her; she faced life with a strong sense of determination and resilience. Curran wanted to give other young girls with disabilities the opportunity to let their beauty shine, so she launched the Miss You Can Do It pageant.

The annual event, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, invites contestants and their families for a weekend of fun and self-esteem building. The documentary follows eight young girls as they compete in the pageant. "I hope that my Miss You Can Do It girls leave this pageant knowing that, okay, we might fall down, or someone might stare at us, but I just did something amazing," says Curran. "Something that not very many people get to experience."
Did you watch it, friends? I'm dying to see it, but I don't get HBO -- anyone know if you can watch it online somewhere? Way to go, Abbey and all the beautiful girls!! xoxo


  1. What a great idea for a documentary!

    It's a wonderful idea to be able to show girls with disabilities that they should NEVER feel like they are less than anyone else, or less beautiful because of a 'flaw'

  2. I saw parts of it. Hit me so hard. It's beautiful and a tearjerker!

  3. What an incredible event, and a fascinating documentary! I'd love to watch it!

  4. watched it this weekend. I loved it. What an interesting program. I only wish those beautiful girls could get their support/affirmation in other ways.

  5. So weird, I am watching it right now and just saw this blog post in my feed! So sweet, I'm totally crying at how awesome these kids and their parents are.


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