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Tracy Broughton If you admire guts as well as beauty, this amazing woman takes top honors.

I first met Tracy at a pageant in Mexico. She had been a model and then was severely injured. She was almost completely paralyzed in all limbs when I met her.

After a few days of shooting, I started to pay more and more attention to this beautiful woman on the sidelines who was on the edges but not part of the pageant. A little talk, some mutual trust and I talked her out of the wheelchair and onto the ground for some shots. We both learned a lot about her courage that day. The pictures were so - so, but the event is forever in my mind.

We talked once on the phone in between and sort of forgot about each other.

The next time I saw Tracy was a year later at another pageant. She was on the sidelines again at the outset. BUT, we managed to do this shoot in the pool and the next thing I knew, Tracy was on the stage for the "review" part of the pageant. She had worked so hard during the year at her therapy that she had regained a lot of use of her left hand and was able to stand up in front of the wheelchair for a moment. My eyes have never been dry when I think of that wonderful moment in front of a large, cheering audience.

I don't know where she is now, but I hope Tracy sees this, likes it, and gives me a call. If there is ever a woman I want in front of my camera again, it's Tracy Broughton. What a woman!

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