You expect Miss Iowa to be beautiful. And Miss Iowa 2000 Theresa Uchytil is, although not by traditional beauty queen standards. Theresa Uchytil was born without a left hand.
Iowa Public Television's Living in Iowa, which airs on Friday, Dec. 15 at 8:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m., examines how Uchytil, the former baton twirler for the Iowa State University marching band, is working to help Iowans and others redefine old notions of perfection and beauty.
"Am I perfect?" she asks. "Well, no. But is somebody with glasses perfect? Am I any less perfect because I'm missing a left hand? Well, maybe in some people's eyes, but in mine and in my family's and in so many of my supporters, I'm just the same, and a little more perfect than some people."
Uchytil notes that her selection as Miss Iowa is allowing her to make a difference, especially with her message to disabled children that anything is possible.
Read the rest of this article in the 12/12 Pilot Tribune.