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Teenager, 15, with cerebral palsy becomes first girl to win national beauty pageant in wheelchair –

A brave teenager with cerebral palsy has become the first wheelchair-user to win a national beauty pageant.

Pretty Frances Watkins, 15, beat dozens of able-bodied competitors to land the top prize and make history.

She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which affects movement and co-ordination, after being born 10 weeks premature.

Despite needing a wheelchair to get around, Frances was determined to enter the beauty pageant.

She pulled on her ballgown and put on make-up to take the stage at Teen Natural Beauty Wales and win the event.

Her proud mum Marie Watkins, 42, described Frances’ victory as “inspirational”.

She said: “I’ve always told Frances there is no such word as can’t. She really is an inspiration for others.

“She’s living proof that in spite of her disability she can be whoever she wants to be and she’s beautiful.

“Frances’ life can illustrate that a person may be successful, beautiful and attractive regardless of how they move.

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