Earlier this month, eighteen-year-old Connor Boss became the first legally blind contestant to compete for Miss Florida USA. While she didn’t win, she finished as a top-five finalist! Connor has Stargardt Disease, so she has to rely on her peripheral vision to see where she’s going – she even goes so far as to memorize the stage to avoid any missteps.
Before the contest, she said the older she gets the less importance she places on winning the crown:
“I’ve come to learn that it’s not even about winning the pageants,” she said. “I’m so glad that my story can be shared and that at least if I can inspire one person, I feel like I’ve won already.”
Read more about Connor and watch her heartwarming video interview on CNN.