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Born to Entertain
Born to Entertain

Leah Stodden was born to entertain and inspire. Playing piano has been a passion of Leah's since the tender age of six. She began performing locally in piano recitals and competitions, and also at conventions for both the National Down Syndrome Society and the National Down Syndrome Congress. Her performances have given her many opportunities to travel throughout the United States, including the cities of Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and Detroit, among others. Leah's list of accomplishments is an impressive one. She has been featured in various magazines, newspapers and books for her musical talents. In November of 2007, Leah was crowned Nebraska "Miss Amazing Miss 2007-2008". This was a beauty and talent pageant for young women with special needs in which Leah was selected to represent Nebraska at various events throughout the year. When she was in high school, she was asked by an international talent and modeling scout to compete in a modeling convention in Orlando, Florida. Leah competed in several categories, including Runway, Photography, Teen Commercial, Talent, and Group Runway. After 3 days of competition, Leah was chosen as one of the finalists. The most exciting part of this experience was that this was not an event for individuals with disabilities, but rather a competition including 700 non-handicapped potential super-models. In the summer of 2003, Leah was selected to audition for a television mini-series. This became very exciting, as she made it into the top 3 candidates for this role. Leah's passion for entertaining does not stop there, as she also auditioned for CBS Talent Executives in Los Angeles, California. Leah Stodden strives to make a difference through her example. She hopes to be an inspiration to others, as she continues to do what she loves most - entertain. Her dream is to be a television actress or movie star. Life for Leah has been filled with exciting opportunities and she has eagerly stepped up to every challenge. She plans to continue this enthusiasm for living as she follows her life journey and looks forward to every new experience that comes her way.




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Connie Heckert, United States, GA
2/3/2012 1:24:39 PM
What an inspiration. We are trying to get our fourteen year old interested in playing drums. He loves music and likes to be in the spotlight so much. He is such a joy to us each day.

Rhonds, United States, NE
9/14/2011 8:25:41 PM
Amazing story very well told and an inspiration to all who watch this. What an encouragement to all!

Mr. and Mrs. Timbang, United States, FL
9/4/2011 9:55:01 PM
We wish you the best that life can offer. You are an inspiration to so many people just as our eight month old son is to us. Our baby's condition is teaching us to live life to the fullest and appreciate the time we spend together. We are looking forward

Marie Iacono, United States, NY
9/4/2011 12:20:37 PM
Hi I was so sad when I saw this segment on K&L that my DVR wasn't working! I was so excited I wanted to tape it and watch it over and over, so glad I found this link to view it again and again and share it with my family..congraulations

Tony G. Piontek, United States, LA
9/3/2011 2:58:23 PM
"Just an incredable NEWS I just heard about you ,Leah. AMAZING I SAW YOUR WHOLE INTERVIEW ON THE TODAY'S SHOW. "" YOUR A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY WITH SO MANY GIFTS YOU HAVE AND SHOW EVERYONE ELSE WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT. KEEP IT UP"

Bonnie Stiles, United States, ID
9/1/2011 1:14:08 PM
Hi. I have a son with Down syndrome who has been taking piano lessons for 2 years. I would love to talk to Liah's mom about the technique that Liah used to learn how to play the piano.

Helen Lane, United States, NY
9/1/2011 11:03:50 AM
I had a sister that was challenged that died in my arms three years ago. When we wee seeking doctors advise his comment to us was what quality of life does she have any way. My answer to him was these angel from God is what teaches us about life.

Brittney Hopson, United States, IN
9/1/2011 11:03:24 AM
This story is so inspiring. I had an older sister who passed away at the age of 15. I was 5 at the time and I don't remember much, but I love to her that people are never accepting what doctors say! I wish your whole family the best!!! Keep going every day

Betsy Hultquist Wynn, United States, NE
9/13/2011 10:08:05 AM
Betsy Hultquist Wynn mary4ecc@yahoo.com United States NE WoW! What a Beautiful woman inside and out! My daughter who is 15 months old was born with down syndrome and stories like Leah's makes me so excited to see what the future holds for my baby! Leah you have inspired me and my family so much! Thank you

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