More Than Just a Sash and a Crown: Audience Award for Best Documentary

Sunday, May 1st was a beautiful day in Orange County, where the Newport Beach Film Festival premiered “Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America.” This documentary captures five women’s journey to the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. The Ms. Wheelchair America contest has been around for 37 years educating and advocating for the more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities. Unlike other beauty pageants, this is a contest that looks past mere beauty and looks at the heart, achievements and communication abilities of the contestants to find the most accomplished and articulate spokeswoman for persons without disabilities.  This film looks at the different women and how they push themselves past their limits and live a life of strength, courage, competition, love, intelligence all while being daring to take a chance. As the “Defining Beauty” states, it is “more than just a sash or a crown.”

After the film premiered, audience members were allowed the opportunity to ask the women starring in the film questions. Some highly regarded qualities of the film included the truth and the realness behind the women’s lives, as well as the dramatic and emotional pageant itself. The film received a warm welcome at the festival, receiving the Audience Award for Best Documentary!

After a very successful premier at the Newport Beach film festival, “Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America” will turn its wheels towards Atlanta’s “Taste of Beauty Weekend.” Defining Media LLC, the production company behind “Defining Beauty”, has partnered with Burton Blatt Institute of Atlanta to help raise funds for the film and for the support of children with disabilities across the country.

Help us spread the world about this movie and this beautiful story of women living their lives without limits!

You can view the trailer here:

For more information, please visit Defining Beauty’s:

Facebook page:‐BEAUTY/10839020811


The ladies were given the red carpet treatment when they arrived at the event. Here are some photosof the ladies!







Written by: Elizabeth Wylie


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