23-year-old Alexandra Chichikova, student from Belarus, was crowned Miss Wheelchair World in the first-ever edition of the beauty pageant.
The final took place in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday, 7 October.
Alexandra met the announcement of her victory with tears of joy.
“Fight your anxiety and your fears,” she said at a gala evening, after the contestants had presented themselves in national costumes and evening dresses in elaborate choreographies.
In an interview to the Belarusian media before the contest Alexandra said she made a decision to enter the competition spontaneously.
But after she reached the final, the preparation got very serious.
Alexandra “got broken”, as she says, when she was a first-year student. At present the girl is completing her degree and will soon become a certified psychologist.
She also plays in the Free Theater and works in the hypermarket of services.
The goal of the contest is to “change the image of women in wheelchairs so they would not be judged solely by this attribute,” pageant’s co-founder and jury president Katarzyna Wojtaszek-Ginalska told AFP.
The contestants spent eight days in the Polish capital, busy with rehearsals, photo sessions, conferences and visits.
The first edition of Miss Wheelchair World attracted contestants from Angola, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, India, Italy, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United States and other countries.