The first woman with down syndrome took part in the contest “Miss USA state». 22-year-old Mikayla Holmgren from Stillwater, Minnesota, went down in history, becoming the first participant in the beauty contest with down syndrome. The winner she did not, but left with two honorary awards: “Spirit of Miss USA” and the award from the organizers — and tore the applause of the audience.
“You make people smile every time you talk, smile, dance. You radiate the true spirit of “Miss US state,” being always true to yourself and above all thinking of others, ” said Denise Wallace, Executive Director of the competition.
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“You have dedication, humility, and the ability to overcome obstacles with a smile on your face.” When Mikeyla received the awards on stage, she could not hold back tears: “I went from the competition for people with disabilities to the largest competition in the world. It’s unimaginable.” Mikayla first came on the scene at the age of six when she danced. “Dancing is my outlet.
I Express myself. This is my talent, and I want to show people that I can do more.” In 2015, after Mikayla won the Minnesota Miss Amazing women with disabilities competition, she asked her mom to contact the Minnesota state beauty contest organizers. And they approved the application.