“It had lots of bling,” Alexis added, giggling.
They bought her outfit for the interview at Wal-Mart, a black-and-white polka dot dress and added a white sweater.
Each contestant had an interview with three different judges, who asked simple questions to get to know the girls better, Brown said.
During the day, the girls practiced walking and turning onstage for the formal wear presentation and students from Vogue School of Beauty in Mishawaka fixed the girls’ hair and makeup.
“I liked wearing the dress and the makeup,” Alexis said, about her experience.
For the final show, there was clapping and cheering as the 21 contestants were escorted onstage and when the queens were announced, especially when her daughter’s name was given, Brown cried.
“It was very touching and everybody was touched. I was emotional all day long and then when Lexi won I think everything just poured out. I was so proud of her as well as all the other girls,” Brown said, with tears in her eyes. “When society tells you these kids are not worth anything or can’t do anything and then you see these girls loving life, making friends, having a blast being who God created them to be, it is beyond beautiful. I believe society could learn a lot from these beautiful ladies.”
Alexis will reign as queen for a year and has the opportunity to go as the Indiana representative to the national competition in Omaha, Neb., in August.
“I’m hoping to bring awareness to the organization with Lexi winning,” Brown said. “There were only 21 who participated in the pageant and there is more with special needs in Goshen than that. This helps build confidence in the girls. It builds up their self-esteem and friendships are built among the girls. It’s something to treasure, because they got to know each other and built each other up. We tend to worry about the little things but these girls went out and shined. Obviously with her winning, it will open doors to have other girls have the same experience, I hope. I’m glad we did it and she had a blast.”
The family is seeking sponsors for Alexis to represent Indiana at the national competition in Omaha, Neb. For more information, contact the family at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-4584.