Miss America: Autistic Contestant Is Also A Comedian

    January 11, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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The Miss America Pageant may have a lot of stigma attached to it these days, as tales of scandal and corruption from behind the scenes rock the title and pageants in general get a bad rap because of shows like “Toddlers And Tiaras”; however, one teenager is looking to change all that this year.

18-year old Alexis Wineman says she never thought pageants were something she would get into, because after she was diagnosed on the autism spectrum she never believed she would be able to go onstage. A relatively late diagnosis–when she was eleven years old–meant she had to work extra hard to overcome her learning disabilities.

“For the longest time I just really wanted to know what was wrong with me,” she said. “When I was finally diagnosed I felt like it came too late.”

Wineman is pushing several boundaries this year; her entry in the talent competition is a stand-up comedy routine dealing with the controversial topic of women’s body image…something fairly unheard of in beauty pageants.

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    doesn’t sound very autistic to me, not if she can answer all those questions, and engage in actual conversations. I’m sure those disability checks helped her parents out in raising her

    • Sandy

      what a nasty thing to say

  • Kimberly

    Autism has different levels of severity just as any condition.just because you see a pretty face who can speak intelligently didn’t mean she does not have autism. If you read up on it you will discover. Autism and developmental disorders suffer from mental and emotionally challenges people such as myself look the same or maybe better than anyone else.you can’t judge a book by the cover.

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