‘Miss Iowa’ Only Has One Arm

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DAVENPORT, IA (FOX NEWS) -  Nicole Kelly  was crowned Miss Iowa this weekend.  The 22-year-old was born without a left forearm. Despite her physical disability, Kelly won the pageant. She says winning the title is a way for her to speak out for girls like her.  Girls who are struggling with being different.

"I found I could tell people it was acceptable to stare. It was the place that was kind of an outlet for me, a place I could stand up and be myself, and say here I am, and I'm confident in myself." said Nicole Kelly.

Kelly will compete in the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey.