Woman Became First Contestant With Down Syndrome To Compete In Miss Minnesota

Mikayla Holmgren, 22, became a “trailblazer” when she became the first person with Down syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota pageant!

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Mikayla Holmgren (right)


“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 crowned Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing in 2015 and competed in the national Junior Miss Amazing in Los Angeles.

“Mikayla is a trailblazer,” executive co-director of the pageant, Denise Wallace said. Wallace said  “that she is the epitome of what the Miss Universe Organization strives to look for in contestants — someone who is confidently beautiful.”

Holmgren wants the world to know that her Down syndrome “does not define” her. “With your help, I can help break through walls,” she said.

This was the second year the pageant made history. Last year, A Halima Aden, a Somali-American woman who was a semi-finalist in last year’s pageant, was the first person to compete wearing a hijab.

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