Chelmsford teenager with Down syndrome prepares for national Miss Amazing pageant
CHELMSFORD – A junior from Chelmsford Secondary School is preparing to take the stage in a national competition and she hopes to help others find the confidence to do the same.
Natalie Didona, 16, who lives with Down syndrome, was crowned Miss Amazing Teen Massachusetts in April.
It was a moment she will never forget. “I really love getting on stage and doing my thing. And that makes me happy,” Natalie said.
The Miss Amazing organization is on a mission to empower girls and women with disabilities, like Natalie.
“I want other girls with Down syndrome to be proud of themselves. I love being a teenager and a role model. I love being part of Miss Amazing,” Natalie said as she read part of her speech.
“When your child is diagnosed at birth, you don’t always anticipate it, you don’t always anticipate that they will one day stand in front of a grateful crowd and say how proud they are of who they are” , said Barbara Didona, Natalie’s mother.
“What I like the most is that she is very enthusiastic and supportive of all the children,” said her father, Kevin Didona.
Natalie will represent Bay State at the National Miss Amazing pageant in Nashville later this month.
“I’m really happy to be going to Nashville, Tennessee. It makes me happy. I’m grateful,” Natalie said.
To prepare for the competition, she practices her introductory speech, her passion presentation, with her favorite hobby being karate, and her interview with the judges, which WBZ-TV can confirm, she has it all. .