Miss Amazing is holding its first national pageant in Omaha this weekend.
The pageant, for girls and young women with physical or mental disabilities, was started as a local pageant in Omaha in 2007 by Jordan Somer, then only 13. She loved participating in pageants herself and thought all girls deserved the opportunity.
Since then, the Miss Amazing idea has spread across the country. Twenty-five states now hold Miss Amazing pageants. And for the first national pageant, 20 of those states have sent a total of 65 contestants to Omaha for this weekend’s event.
The contestants are divided into six age divisions: preteen (10-12), junior teen (13-15), teen (16-19), junior miss (20-23), miss (24-27) and senior miss (28-35). Pageant segments are interview, talent and evening gown, said Kimberly Somer, Jordan’s mother and a pageant director.
The pageant will be presented in the Ramada Plaza Hotel ballroom, 72nd and Grover Streets. The public is invited to the talent showcase, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; the preteen, junior teen and teen finals, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; and the junior miss, miss and senior miss finals, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets, $15 each, will be available at the door.