A unique beauty competition is celebrating young women with special needs.
The first ever Miss Special Staten Island/Miss Special Richmond County Pageant was held Sunday in Bloomfield.
Nine contestants between the ages of 13 and 30 competed in several categories such as talent, dress/gown and interview.
"All girls deserve to be queen for a day, so they're so excited about being in front of audience, a captive audience and performing their talent," said
Karyn Turner, the pageant’s founder.
All of the contestants were crowned with a tiara and took home a sash, and trophy.