THE BRONX - One Bronx beauty queen is hoping she can inspire others to realize that beauty is not only skin-deep.
Beauty queen Saribel Rodriguez, 21, was born with a cleft lip and palate.
When she was 2 months old, Rodriguez had her first of four surgeries at Montefiore Medical Center to repair them. She had the most recent surgery just a few months ago to correct a nasal issue.
Now, Rodriguez is set to compete in Miss Hispanida in September and Miss New York in January.
"I believe things happen for a reason," she says. "And maybe I was born like this to inspire a person. Maybe that's the reason."