Pass It On®

Behind the Scenes

Meet two wonderful women who made this commercial possible. First, Shellie Eyre, the person who was crowned 1997 Homecoming Queen at her high school in Murray, Utah. Then, meet Becca Winegar the actress who portrays Shellie.

The Crowning

Check out this video recording of Darcie being crowned Homecoming Queen at her prom.


About This TV Commercial

The story of Shellie Eyre is of a life lived with courage, determination and unrestricted love for everyone she meets. She was born in 1979 with Down syndrome and is the second child of a family of four children. At three years of age she experienced a major setback in the form of a stroke that left her paralyzed on her left side. But her optimistic outlook and her boundless perseverance made it obvious to all who knew her that she would succeed in overcoming whatever obstacles would be presented to her.

Her school years were a wonderful time of learning a gaining many friends. This culminated in her senior year at Murray High School in Utah when she was selected as the 1997 Homecoming Queen. She had been one of the most popular girls in school because of her easy smile and loving heart. Her landslide victory was due in part to a wonderfully accepting student body that embraced unselfish inclusion, and to Shellie’s attitude toward all her classmates. When asked why everyone liked Shellie so much, one of the students said, “It’s hard not to love Shellie when you know how much she loves you.”

The evening she was selected as Homecoming Queen was an experience that few will ever forget. Even the other Homecoming Candidates felt that there were no losers that night, but that they, and all who were there, had participated in an event where every person had won.

Shellie’s inspirational life is an example of what true beauty can be and where love, acceptance, and inclusion can triumph over any disabilities.

Note: Becca Winegar is the name of the actress that portrayed Shellie Eyre in this spot.

Video Transcript

Girl: Alright you guys, it’s now time for the results of the Homecoming Queen election. The second attendant is, Denise Willard! The first attendant is, Katie Higgins!
And now, your Homecoming Queen is…Ok, here we go…Becca Winegar!
Music: “What makes you different, makes you beautiful, what’s there inside you shines through to me.”
ANNCR/SUPER: True Beauty…Pass It On. A message from The Foundation for a Better Life.

True Beauty. Pass It On!

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Pass It On®

This is so cute
jamajahnae, sierra sunrise


This is an excellent video. Great thanks!
Sr. Athens, Lahore

OMG this is the cutest thing ever! AWW
Catey and Lizzie, Boston, MA


this is amazing
Ella, south carolina

very inspiring but true story this P.S.A is telling and that What Makes You Different song makes me wonder who was singing it
Nancy Arrigo, Wenonah N.J

It's not about the beauty it is abut your kindness and your heart
Reyna, Rowland Heights

So incredibly heartwarming. It is so wonderful that this is a true story. It reminds me myself that there are beautiful people who truly recognize beauty in it's purest form.
Ariel, Potosi, WI

Cute story .... REALLY CUTE !
Aunna, Cascade Middle School

I like this commercial cause it's what's on the inside that counts!
Nancy, home

Mallory, Goshen,IN

kaylie, school

Cheers to the great spirits of Murray High School in Utah 1997
rob, bement, il

Truly Beautiful! My school has had a similar experience. Our home-coming king this year had autism and speech disabilities. He is one of the nicest people. Extremely generous, kind,and thoughtful. I love that that this school decided to show true compassion and define true beauty and that my school did the same. This video shows that true beauty comes from within the heart, not from the outside appearance.
Julie, Florida

I think it shows heart and that you don't just judge a book by it's cover plus that you can't just judge what true beauty is and that it don't matter how different someone might be or look but that it only matters that they feel special too!
Jon, TX, Austin

Good job!
brooklyn, houston,tx

I like this commercial because winning isn't about the beauty on the outside, its about the beauty on the inside.
Christine A, Illinois

I have watched this video and I was inspired. Despite her situation she copes with her environment. Now I truly believe that even if they are special they can portray what normal people can do. My son is also a down syndrome baby. I hope and pray he will be like Shellie Eyre with a bright future ahead with proper care, love and most especially acceptance.

Brings tears to my eyes every time. It's so great to see such amazing, beautiful teenage girls give the prize to another amazing girl that has the best beauty of all. The kind inside.
Melody M, Bigfork, Montana