Down’s Syndrome Woman Makes History at Miss USA State Pageant

Little girls all across the country dream of being a princess and taking home their own crown from a Miss USA pageant. The Miss Minnesota state pageant took place this past weekend; a preliminary pageant to the well-known annual Miss USA pageant which will take place in May of 2018. A young woman by the name of Mikayla Holmgren got the whole country talking as she became a trailblazer for people with disabilities in the Miss USA pageant world.

Miss Holmgren is a 22-year-old Minnesota native who has been competing in local beauty pageants for the past few years. In 2015, she took home the crown for Miss Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing. Late that year she went on to represent her home state in the Junior Miss Amazing pageant that was held in Los Angeles, California.

At the Miss Minnesota State Pageant, the audience and judges alike fell in love with Mikayla. She made it to the final 15, but was eliminated before the top 5. Another young woman by the name of Kalie Wright took home the big crown, but Mikayla was awarded the Spirit of Miss USA award, as well as the Director’s Award.

During an interview, Mikayla said, “I’m really good at [pageants] because it’s my passion.” She went on to say that winning Miss USA one day is her dream. She has certainly inspired many Americans with disabilities to chase their dreams as well.

To hear more about what Mikayla had to say about her experience with pageantry, an article and video can be found here.

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