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When you think of beauty pageants, what’s the first thought that comes to mind? If it’s only sparkly dresses and sequin bows then you’ve been greatly misled. Maybe back in the day beauty pageants were all about showcasing pretty ribbons, but these days it’s about that and so much more!

25. Beauty Pageants Have Changed

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For the first time in history, a woman with Down syndrome has been accepted to compete in the Miss USA State Pageant and you’ll be blown away by her can-do attitude. You’ll be shocked at everything she has managed to accomplish in just 22 years.