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February 24, 2017 11:37 AM EST

Justine Clarke made history as the first Miss World contestant to compete in a wheelchair.

Glamour reported that Clarke, who has used a wheelchair for two years because of a leg deformity, participated in the South Australian state final of the Miss World Australia, vying for a spot to represent her country at the famous pageant.

Clarke was eliminated before making it to the next round of the pageant. But she may still participate in the organization’s Beauty With a Purpose program, which raises money for “disadvantaged children around the globe.”

“I want to be a role model and empower young women,” Clarke told The Advertiser. “For somebody in a wheelchair to be able to compete is a big thing. I really hope it sends a message that no matter what your race, size, or disability — whatever makes you different — you are beautiful.”


Write to Samantha Cooney at samantha.cooney@time.com.

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