Mikayla Holmgren, 22, has been called a “trailblazer” for becoming the first person with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant. Mikayla also won the “Spirit of Miss USA.”
This is the first time someone with Down syndrome has competed in a Miss USA state pageant.
“I’m really good at them because it’s my passion,” Holmgren said of her pageantry experience. “It’s really fun. As I do more pageants and I’m really proud of myself … this is my dream.”
The 22-year-old was previously been crowned Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing in 2015.
“Mikayla is a trailblazer,” executive co-director of the pageant, Denise Wallace, told the newspaper. Wallace told People in May “that she is the epitome of what the Miss Universe Organization strives to look for in contestants — someone who is confidently beautiful.”
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