Editor's note: This corrects the year the women went through the pageant and Alyson Roth's title.
These contestants are no ordinary beauty queens. They jump out of airplanes, drive race cars, enter surf competitions and ride in bicycle races.
They have more courage than most, never mind that they take on the world from the seat of a wheelchair.
"A lot of people see the chair and define women by that chair and not their personality," said Alexis Ostrander, director and co-producer of a documentary on Ms. Wheelchair America that premieres at the Newport Beach Film Festival. "What we are trying to do with this film is to get people to see the women, not just the chair."
"Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America" world premieres at 3:45 p.m. May 1, at the Starlight Triangle Square Cinemas in Costa Mesa.
Ostrander, along with co-producers Meagan Keane, Molly Kasch and executive producer Manuela Ikenze, followed the lives of seven women with varying disabilities as they go through the pageant process for the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America.