Introducing The First Miss USA Contestant With Down Syndrome
22-year-old Mikayla Holmgren is inspiring many as the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in a Miss USA pageant.
Mikayla Holmgren just made history as the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in a Miss USA pageant nationwide. She competed in Miss Minnesota USA.
She ended up winning both the Spirit Award and Director's Award and her participation in the pageant is inspiring many.
"I am happy and excited about the response," Holmgren told INSIDER. "Seeing myself in the news and the newspaper has been exciting."
Her participation in the pageant comes after Holmgren won the title of Minnesota Miss Amazing Junior Miss in 2015, when she then set her sights on the larger Miss Minnesota USA title. The organization knew Holmgren embodied the spirit of the competition the moment they met her.
"It was clear to us from the very beginning that Mikayla was uniquely special," a representative for Miss USA told INSIDER. "Her energy, confidence, and attitude are contagious, and we felt very confident that this experience would be a perfect fit for Mikayla."
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