Wednesday, 16 December 2015 13:45

9-year-old boy with Down’s syndrome had never spoken – before he started winning beauty pageants, that is

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9-year-old Nicholas Moss, from Southampton, had never spoken to anyone until he discovered his love for beauty pageants.

The little boy who has Down’s syndome had been mute for the entirety of his life – until his sisters dragged him along to a pageant, where he entered, won and gained an amazing amount of confidence. Since starting pageants four years ago, Nicholas has won titles such as ‘Ultimate Grand Supreme’ and ‘King’ more than 50 times. He now owns up to 100 crowns and sashes, and is known across the UK for his winning titles.
His mother, Elaine, 53, who was inspired by her son’s transformation into such a confident boy after his many wins, has started running her own pageant which welcomes children with disabilities. ‘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 said 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.’
After some thought, she allowed her daughters to take Nicholas to the pageant. She said: ‘Who am I to say his condition or gender should stop him from doing what he wants?’ When Nicholas – who has had two heart operations after doctors found two holes in his heart when he was just 12 weeks old – first went on stage, his mother’s heart melted.
She said that before Nicholas found his love for pageants, he was frustrated, and would often try to escape from his school. ‘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. Elaine now runs a pageant business with her four daughters, while her other sons are no longer in the industry. ‘Teenie Pageants’ as she calls them, are a beauty and talent competition, thought to be the only glitz pageants in the UK. And Nicholas is the face of her pageant, too.
‘He is the face of our pageant and we hope that he encourages other children with similar conditions or disabilities to come to the competitions,’ she said. ‘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.’