Photos by Jennifer Conway
The Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2017 Pageant was held Friday evening, April 7, at the Ability360 Center. Josette Ulibarri was crowned titleholder with her platform: “Encouraging self-acceptance through changing perspectives on body image.” She’ll be making appearances at events throughout the state and compete for the national title in Pennsylvania this summer. Upon reflection, Josette says: “I decided to compete because I never knew a pageant like this existed and thought it would be awesome to have the honor of representing the disability community. My goals as titleholder is to bring awareness in our state that we are all beautiful despite our color, gender, shape, size, scars, abilities, or disabilities. We are all uniquely and wonderfully made. This is important to me because at one point in my life I struggled with self-love. My goal is to help others love themselves and live a healthy lifestyle with no excuses and no limits.”
For more information on the program or to schedule an appearance with Josette, email Arizona@mswheelchairamerica.org or visit MsWheelchairArizonaPageants on Facebook.
Brooke Brown loves to tell all types of stories that encourage others. She’s the author of The Little Butterfly Girl, a writer for Autumn Magazine, an actor in Theatre360, a public speaker and runs Brooke’s Butterfly Touch: Creative Storytelling Services, which strives to help others discover the power in sharing their own stories in order to cultivate hope, opportunities and understanding.