Nicole Kelly will be representing Iowa in the Miss America 2013 pageant on September 15th and her pretty face isn't the only reason why we're crushing on her. This girl's got major heart.

More than just a beauty queen, Nicole is an inspiration to people with disabilities. The newly-crowned babe was born without her left forearm. Nicole says she's heard lots of incorrect stories about her arm but her favorite is that it was bitten off by a shark which she calls "a perfect explanation for someone from Iowa.”

She originally became interested in the performing arts as a creative outlet which served as a way to give people "permission to stare." She aspires to be a Broadway stage manager who works with other people with disabilities.

In addition to the crown, Nicole won over $10K in scholarship money and a brand new car, which you can see her posing with below. We'll be cheering for her on September 15th!

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