Ana Gabriela Molina Has No Arms, But That Won’t Stop Her From Competing To Be ‘Miss Veracruz’
Ana Gabriela Molina de los Santos, is a young woman with no arms who is competing to become ‘Miss Veracruz’. The criteria of beauty pageants is usually archaic and problematic: women must be of a certain age, height and weight and their body measurements must not exceed certain inches. Women with different body types, and conditions are not usually part of these competitions, but Gabriela is determined to participate and set and example.
Ana Gabriela Molina de los Santos has no arms.
The contestant in the Miss Veracruz 2020 beauty competition is spreading the message that no obstacle is too big when you’re prepared to work hard for what you want. During the presentation of all the beauty queens participating to become ‘Miss Veracruz’, Molina was the one that sparked the most interest in the audience.
Ana Gabriela already took home the title of beauty queen of her own town ‘Miss Nanchital’
Molina already won the competition in her hometown for Miss Nanchital 2020, and caused a sensation after participating in the presentation of Miss Veracruz contestants last weekend in Xalapa. “Thank you to everyone, most of all my family who were able to come and those who, despite distances . . . have always shown me their support,” she said in a post on Facebook.
She’s a psychology graduate and motivational speaker who wants to raise awareness for people with disabilities.
Molina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology on December 10 and is a motivational speaker, hosting conferences on personal development. She says that completing her degree was key in helping her gain the strength of mind and confidence to participate in a beauty pageant. “No dreamer is too small and no dream is too big,” she wrote in another Facebook post.
Beauty pageants have long been criticized for reinforcing unrealistic standards for women.
Competitions judging women based on their looks, their smiles, their hair, make-up and clothing have been critiqued for years. Some of these contests promote standards of beauty that are unrealistic. In fact, the criteria by which women are chosen or even eligible to compete is very problematic in itself: she must be between the age of 18 and 25, a certain height and weight and her body measurements must not exceed a certain number of inches —but for Ana Gabriela, none of that matters. She wants her success to be an example for other girls who look just like her.
Molina is working toward more inclusivity in beauty pageants, and she might just succeed by becoming ‘Miss Veracruz’.
Ana Gabriela hopes that her participation in the competition will show others that her disability has not stopped her from chasing her dreams and that if she can accomplish her goals despite having no arms, then anyone can accomplish their own.
If she were to win, she’d use her title to raise awareness of disability.
Everyday, the Veracruzana wants to encourage children with disabilities to pursue their dreams.
“The word ‘pity’ is not in my vocabulary. And the term ‘pobrecito’ really angers me, because I can do just as much as you can.” she says.
She was always drawn to beauty pageants, even as a child.
Ever since she was a little girl, Gabriela dreamed of participating in a beauty pageant, “I always told my family, one day, they’d see me there, modeling or competing.” she said in an interview with Mexican news channel, Noticias La Fuente. At the time, her family dismissed what she said. “No one would imagine a person with a disability participating in a platform like that.”
The winner of the Miss Veracruz 2020 competition will go on to represent the state in the Miss Mexico pageant. Last year’s Miss Veracruz, Marilú Acevedo, was the first runner-up in the Miss Mexico competition, barely losing the crown to Ashley Alvídrez of Chihuahua.