Abbey Curran

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Abbey Curran
Abbey Nicole Curran

July 28, 1987
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Iowa USA 2008 (Winner)
Hair colorBrunette
Eye colorBlue
Miss USA 2008

Abbey Nicole Curran (born 1987 or 1988)[1] is an American beauty pageant contestant from Davenport, Iowa, who competed in the Miss USA pageant in 2008 as Miss Iowa USA. Curran is the chairwoman of her own non-profit pageant "The Miss You Can Do It Pageant" for young girls and women with special needs.[2] The HBO documentary film Miss You Can Do It (2013) is about her work with this pageant.[3]

Miss USA 2008[edit]

Curran, then 20, represented Iowa at the Miss USA 2008 pageant in Las Vegas, held on April 11, 2008, where she competed against District of Columbia and fifty other delegates. Curran was the first contestant with a disability. Curran was born with cerebral palsy. She also made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS' The Early Show, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, Extra, and CNN Headline News. She also had an exclusive feature story in People Magazine.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Curran grew up on a farm in Kewanee, Illinois.[6] Curran is a graduate of Kewanee High School[7] and St. Ambrose University.[8] She is also a past Easter Seals ambassador. She received physical therapy services for cerebral palsy at the Easter Seals Peoria Service Center for many years when she was a child.


  1. ^ Adams, Pam (2012-01-23). "Ex-Miss Iowa becomes Methodist breast-health representative". Peoria, Illinois. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  2. ^ "Abbey Curran – Miss Iowa 2008".
  3. ^ "Miss You Can Do It Gives Girls with Disabilities a Chance to be Celebrated". Easterseals.
  4. ^ Abbey Curran Archived 2010-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Easter Seals Peoria Illinois : Abbey Curran - Miss Iowa 2008". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
  6. ^ "Pageant Is Her Crowning Achievement". CBS News. April 10, 2008.
  7. ^ Renken, Leslie (26 July 2014). "Kewanee pageant winner is driving force behind Miss You Can Do It contest for girls with disabilities". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Former Beauty Queen Turns Health Advocate". St. Ambrose University. February 2012. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-07.

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Preceded by Miss Iowa USA
Succeeded by
Chelsea Lynn Gauger