Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
Buzz is building about Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana, who happens to be gorgeous and smart, and who happens to have autism. If she snags the crown at the Miss America competition this Saturday night, she’d be the first person with autism to hold that title. (Back in 1994, Heather Whitestone, who’s deaf, became the first woman with a major disability to win the Miss America competition.)
Alexis, 18, has been using her powers for good, traveling around Montana since she was crowned in June to speak with students and raise awareness about autism (the title of her platform: “Normal is just a dryer setting: living with autism”). Think of how much MORE awareness she could spread if she wins. As she’s said, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Love that.
Alexis will be performing a comedy monologue for the talent competition. I’m guessing she’s had to work harder at that, and on her interviewing skills, than many other contestants. Then again, some of them never seem to come up with good answers to questions, no matter how hard they train, so perhaps she shouldn’t be too concerned.
Through January 10, you can vote for contestants online; one contestant will be an “America’s Choice” finalist. Check out Alexis’s video and go to it, people!
Image: Screen grab, Miss America