A 20-year-old woman whose first pageant was four months ago will tell the world about her lifelong secret while competing for the title of Miss Texas.
Jessica Zeller, the reigning Miss Denton County, had fluid on her brain and cerebral palsy when she was born. She has restricted use of the left side of her body, affecting her arm and ability to walk.
“Nobody other than my family and friends knew I had cerebral palsy until I started competing,” Zeller said. “I came out, so to speak, when I started competing.”
Her mother, Sandi Zeller, said Jessica never learned to ride a bike or swim because she was afraid to try. But that changed. Inspired by her mom winning Miss Texas years ago, Jessica tried walking in heels and wearing makeup for the first time to take the stage to overcome her fear.
“There’s lots of things that she’s not been able to do, and I think now she realizes that she can,” Sandi Zeller said.
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