Gretchen Carlson to Make First Public Appearance Since Suing Roger Ailes

Gretchen Carlson - Getty - H 2016
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Gretchen Carlson - Getty - H 2016

The former Miss America will be hosting the Miss You Can Do It Pageant, a friendly competition for girls and young women who have special needs.

Gretchen Carlson is taking a moment to send a positive message to young girls, amid the chaos following her termination from Fox News and subsequent sexual harassment lawsuit against ousted CEO Roger Ailes.

The former Miss America will be hosting the Miss You Can Do It Pageant on Saturday night in Peoria, Ill. — her first public appearance since her fight with Ailes made headlines.

The pageant was created for girls and women with special needs and Carlson, in a press release Friday, says she feels it's important for girls to build self-esteem by challenging themselves. 

Starting at 4 p.m. PT, the pageant will be streamed live on the organization's Facebook page.

The Miss You Can Do It Pageant was created in 2004 by former Miss Iowa USA Abbey Curran, who was born with cerebral palsy. 

According to the pageant's website, girls and young women ages 4 to 25 compete in seven categories: private interview, casual wear, evening wear, onstage question, most photogenic, congeniality and people's choice. "More important than the contestant’s outfits is what is in their hearts," states the site. "Each contestant will go home with a trophy, a crown, a gift and an opportunity to meet Snow White and Cinderella on pageant day."