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Who Is Mikayla Holmgren? This Miss USA State Pageant Contestant With Down Syndrome Is Making History WCCO- CBS Minnesota

Mikayla Holmgren, 22, of Stillwater, Minn., is believed to be the first person with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA state pageant, according to WFLA. "I'm really proud of myself, this is my dream", Mikayla told KSTP, a local Minnesota news station.

While Holmgren did not win the title of Miss Minnesota, she did get a standing ovation as she received two major awards: the Miss Minnesota USA Spirit Award and Director's Award, the Pioneer Press reports. Winning the Spirit Award and the Director's Award.

Read on to see all the stunning pictures of Mikayla before, during, and after the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

"I wrote that she had Down syndrome and thought they would pass her by but they decided they wanted her to be a part of it", she said. "You exude the spirit of Miss USA by always being true to yourself and putting others first".


A year ago a Miss Minnesota USA semi-finalist became the first woman to wear a hijab during the pageant, with several others following suit at Sunday's competition. Mikayla has never let Down syndrome stand in the way of her passion for pageants.

She made it to the semifinals in the top 15 but didn't make it to the top five.

This year's Miss Minnesota USA and Miss Minnesota Teen USA pageant included nine Muslim women, seven of which chose to wear their hijab during the competition, and Wallace said that Aden's success reminded women that the door is open for them to compete.

The Miss Minnesota contest is being held this weekend, with the finals on Sunday.

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