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Nazareth girl hopes to be 'Miss You Can Do It'

Nazareth girl hopes to be 'Miss You Can Do It'

NAZARETH, Pa. - It's a one of a kind beauty pageant. The "Miss You Can Do It" pageant is the brain child of 2008 Miss USA contestant, Abbey Curran, who was the first woman with a disability to compete in a pageant.

Now, a young woman from Nazareth, Northampton Co., is headed to Illinois to make her mark on stage.

Victoria Gerstung plays the guitar and spends part of the day putting on makeup like any other teenager who just graduated from high school.

Now, Victoria is heading to compete in the "Miss You Can Do It" beauty pageant.

"So excited," she said.

Victoria, or Tori, to her friends, has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Her mother entered her in the pageant after reading about it online.

"She was like, 'I should enter Tori in it.' So she did, and I got accepted. There was a waiting list but, I'm in," Victoria said.

The pageant was started by 2008 Miss USA contestant Abbey Curran,

"She was an inspiration to me," said Gerstung.

Curran, also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, was the first woman with a disability to compete.

Tori has been spending a lot of time getting ready. Her mom is a former beauty pageant contestant, and Tori, a 2013 Nazareth High School graduate, is hoping the pageant will help her in the future.

"I'm hoping it leads for me to go to college," said Gerstung. "Because I really, really, really, would like to go to college. And it's just a great experience for me."

Tori has already competed in many cheer competitions, and she has the dress for the big day.

When she waves to the crowd on July 27, people will know what an inspiration this teen can be.

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