Mexican model with no arms challenges perceptions of beauty
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[January 25, 2020]
By Tamara Corro
COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (Reuters) - Born
without arms, Mexican model Ana Gabriela Molina wants to challenge
traditional perceptions of physical attractiveness by winning a beauty
pageant in her home state of Veracruz.
Molina, a 24-year-old psychology graduate, said this week that accepting
her condition had been tough but that she wanted to set an example for
others living with a disability.
"I've managed to overcome everything that has happened to me in my whole
life," she told Reuters in the eastern port of Coatzacoalcos.
Having no arms, she explained, had not stopped her from eating, using a
mobile phone or writing with her feet - all with perfectly manicured and
In March, Molina will take part in the beauty contest in Veracruz, a
state on the Gulf of Mexico which is home to more than 8 million people.
If she wins, she will qualify for the Miss Mexico pageant in June.
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"I'm going to face the same tests as everyone else, and I'm going to
get through them," Molina said. "I feel like any other normal person
because I've lived my life like that. So, for me my disability is
not a limit, on the contrary."
Molina gives motivational talks and occasionally works as a model
for a clothing line.
(Reporting by Tamara Corro and Ana Isabel Martinez; Writing by
Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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