A Tennessee teen turned her life threatening illness into something truly phenomenal.
Mhorgan Stephens created the Miss Phenomenal Pageant for girls with disorders, diseases and differences to stand up for kids she says are most often ignored by society.
“I felt like we, as a community, don't stand up enough for other kids and we want to help them, but no one's standing up to do so.”
The pageant was created to show people how to embrace their flaws because that’s what makes them unique.
She first started the Miss Phenomenal Pageant in South Carolina and continued it when she moved to Murfreesboro, TN. Next year, she's expanding it to Atlanta.
Because of Stephens, every young woman who crosses the stage leaves knowing exactly what it takes to be phenomenal - that is, just be yourself.
It's been a busy year for Stephens. She's also written a book, has her own foundation and hopes to eventually take her Miss Phenomenal pageant nationwide.
Stephens knows the struggles of battling a disease as she has the rare blood disorder ITP.
She's missed months of school at a time because it, while also losing her hair while undergoing chemotherapy for her condition. That's just one reason she decided to start a pageant including everyone who is different.