According to her Miss Iowa bio, the Keokuk, Iowa., native said that she has gotten used to the stares that often come with her disability.
As I grew older, I learned to offset the initial stares I received from people with an outgoing personality that would not give in to "No." This meant that I tried everything! From baseball, to dance to diving, there was nothing I would not try. I found my passion within a world where I was giving people permission to stare…the stage.
Kelly has also said that competing in pageants allows her to be comfortable with herself.
“I found I could tell people it was acceptable to stare. It was the place that was kind of an outlet for me, a place I could stand up and be myself, and say here I am, and I’m confident in myself," she said.