1st Miss Wheelchair World crowned

The Associated Press

Miss Wheelchair World 2017 winner Aleksandra Chichikova, center, from Belarus, with second-placed Lebohang Monyatsi, right, from South Africa, and third-placed Adrianna Zawadzinska, left, from Poland, during the Miss Wheelchair World 2017 beauty pageant final in Warsaw, in Warsaw on Saturday.

AFP-Jiji WARSAW (AFP-Jiji) — A psychology student from Belarus, Aleksandra Chichikova, was chosen Miss Wheelchair World in the first-ever edition of the beauty pageant, held in Warsaw on Saturday.

“Fight your anxiety and your fears,” the 23-year-old Chichikova said at a gala evening, after the contestants had presented themselves in national costumes and evening dresses in elaborate choreographies.

Lebohang Monyatsi from South Africa was the runner-up ahead of Poland’s Adrianna Zawadzinska in the first contest of its kind on a global scale, which brought together 24 young women from 19 countries. The goal of the contest was to “change the image of women in wheelchairs so they would not be judged solely by this attribute,” contest cofounder and jury president Katarzyna Wojtaszek-Ginalska said.Speech

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