Nicholas Moss, 9, from Southampton, U.K., was born with Down syndrome and is unable to speak.
One eventful day when he was 5, his sisters dragged him to a beauty pageant, which he won. Nicholas saw an immediate confidence boost and thus began his road to fame, leading to titles such as “Ultimate Grand Supreme” and “Kind” among his 100 crowns and sashes.
The little boy is now popular all across the U.K. for his confidence and winning titles.
His 53-year-old mother, Elaine Moss, who was inspired and moved by her son’s sudden transformation into an active, confident boy, inspired her to start off her own beauty pageant called “Teenie Pageants” for children like Nick.
“It was always quite bad for me as a mum because he’d never say a word to me, there was just no response from him,” she stated in an interview with Daily Mail. “It was one of my daughters who loved the idea of pageants that said she was going to take him to one and try it out.”
“Who am I to say his condition or gender should stop him from doing what he wants?” she added.
The beauty pageant welcomes children with all kinds of disabilities.
Moss explained before Nick discovered his love for pageants, he was always frustrated and often tried to escape from school, but after finding his place on the stage, her son had turned into a model, striking poses and always smiling.
“He was smiling and striking poses like he was a model, I just burst into tears. It was the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen,” she told the Mail.
Moss with her four daughters now runs the pageant, where hundreds of children get to display their talent and feel appreciated and important. Nick is the face of the pageant and inspires other children with similar disabilities to be a part of the competition.
“It’s all just a bit of fun but we make sure that everyone feels special. We want to show people that pageants aren’t all about the beauty of the face, it’s the beauty from within — and that’s something that Nicholas represents because he is beautiful.”