A girl living with cerebral palsy is hoping to become the first ever person with a disability to lift the Miss England crown.
The 16 year old, who also has Asperger’s syndrome, recently claimed the title of Miss Rugby, which has set her on course to the semi-finals of England’s premier beauty competition, set to be held in July.
This has all been achieved despite falling victim to bullying in her earlier years.
Megan Reeve, who is currently a student, was called names and even beaten up because she walked differently to everybody else. However, she has not let such behaviour hold her back, nor the anxiety she suffered prior to her victory at the Miss Rugby event.
Speaking about her condition, Megan said: “It is severe. I struggle on a day-to-day basis. I struggle dressing myself; I struggle with stairs, my posture and things like that.”
She not only took the Miss Rugby title, but also won the public vote along with Miss Popularity and Miss Social Media for Coventry & Warwickshire.
Megan’s proud mum, Sarah, who is also her daughter’s full-time carer, was overwhelmed by the result, saying: “For somebody that has a condition like cerebral palsy and Asperger’s, to do what she does, is amazing. She just wants to inspire people.
“Disability doesn’t stop you from doing what you want to do in life – she’s just beautifully different. With everything Megan has been through, she has come through it. It’s made her a bigger and stronger person and she wants to go and help people.”
Megan will be Miss England’s first ever contestant with cerebral palsy. The event has been running for 65 years.
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