México Crowns First Differently-Abled Pageant Queen, Mexicana Born Without Arms
No arms, no problem.
Ana Gabriela Molina has just been crowned Miss Nanchital 2020 - and is determined to make history as the first differently-abled Miss México.
Ana Gabriela Molina was born with phocomelia, a condition that causes malformations of the arms and legs -- but the 24-year-old psychology grad hasn't let her disability stop her from living her life to the fullest.
On the contrary, it has motivated the future criminologist to challenge stereotypes and advocate for children and others with disabilities.
"I’ve managed to overcome everything that has happened to me in my whole life," she says. "My disability is not a limit."
‘My disability is not a limit’ — Meet Ana Gabriela Molina, a 24-year-old model who was born without arms and is on a mission to become Miss Mexico pic.twitter.com/U8yMeTDMzR— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 28, 2020
The Veracruz native has lived her life as normally as possible, using her perfectly manicured feet to do everything: eating, writing, using her cell phone, researching and typing up her college assignments, even doing a full face of makeup, brows and all.
"When I wake up and look in the mirror, I see it, it’s there," Molina told Reuters. "It’s physical. But, I’ve been living 24 years with this disability so, for me, it’s not a disability. I feel like any other normal person because I’ve lived my life like that."
Molina has been participating in beauty pageants since childhood, challenging beauty standards.
And her determination has paid off; the young model and motivational speaker has been crowned Miss Nanchital, the region's first ever differently-abled queen.
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Presentación de candidatas @missveracruzorg Muchas gracias a todos sobretodo a mi familia que pudo acompañarme y a los que a pesar de la distancia y estando en sus hogares me han mostrado siempre su apoyo ❤ El dia de ayer fue todo un éxito, vamos con todo a la semifinal y por esa corona azul e inclusiva ????????♿ Miss Nanchital ????
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Ningún soñador es pequeño y ningún sueño es demasiado grande... Vamos a darlo todo ????????♿ Rumbo a @missveracruzorg 2020 Mil gracias a @alondraaguirre__ . @missmexicoorg . . . #missnanchital #missveracruz #agenciamodelos #mxmodels #modelo #modelaje #pasarela #fotos #fotografia #arte #modelos #moda #diseñodemoda #pasarelas #modainclusiva #modasinclusivas #modelajeinclusivo #maquillaje #maquillajes #arte #mujer #artistico #modelajearte #boutique #beutymakeup #makeup #mexicanmodels #modelos #models #mexico #belleza #bellezasinlimites
"No dreamer is too small and no dream is too big...we're going to give it all," she writes on Instagram. "On our way to Miss Veracruz 2020."
And from there, to make history as the first differently-abled Miss México.
"Sometimes the only disability, is the one we put on ourselves. Sometimes the barriers are just in our minds," says Molina. "But when we truly want to triumph, no disability can stop us on the road to success."