A beauty pageant just for girls with disabilities is the subject of a new documentary set to premiere on HBO.
The film focuses on the Miss You Can Do It pageant held annually in Kewanee, Ill. The unique event brings together girls with mental and physical disabilities from across the country who are judged on “what is in their heart and not by how their outfits look.”
Abbey Curran — who has cerebral palsy and represented Iowa in the 2008 Miss USA pageant — started the event in 2004.
The documentary, which is also called “Miss You Can Do It,” follows Curran and highlights the experiences of eight girls with disabilities ranging from spina bifida and cerebral palsy to Down syndrome as they compete in the pageant where everyone leaves with a trophy and a crown.
“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. Something that not very many people get to experience,” Curran said in a statement.
“Miss You Can Do It” premieres on HBO on June 24 at 9 p.m. ET.