Fundacja Jedyna Taka and Miasto Stołeczne, two physically challenged women came together to start the Only One Foundation to direct attention to the matters of women with disability in society.
The foundation successfully organised various editions of Miss Poland Wheelchair competition. After four unique editions of Miss Poland Wheelchair competition, the women decided to go global, with the first Miss World Wheelchair competition.
On the October 8, 2017, a 23-year old psychology and social pedagogy student from Belarus, Aleksandra Chichikova was declared the winner of the first edition Miss World Wheelchair competition which took place in in Warsaw, Poland.
According to the co-founder and jury president Katarzyna Wojtaszek-Ginalska told AFP the goal of the event was to “change the image of women in wheelchairs so they would not be judged solely by this attribute. The event also aimed to highlight that a wheelchair is a luxury in many parts of the world.”
She also added that “It is not the looks that matter the most…we have focused especially on the personality of the girls, their everyday activities, their involvement, social life, plans.”
The contestants spent eight days in the Polish capital participating in rehearsals, photo shoots, conferences and visits. The event featured contestants from countries including Brazil, Canada, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia and the United States.
Here are photos from the event