In recent years, the contestants competing in major pageants have become more and more diverse. The latest contestant that is making waves and earning medals and trophies is a young woman with Down syndrome. At just 22 years old, Mikayla Holmgren is taking the pageantry world by storm. Her most recent competition was Miss Minnesota and she spent the weekend dazzling the audience with her confidence, beauty and ability to inspire. In the last couple of years, she has earned herself numerous crowns and once you learn more about her, it is easy to see why she has been so successful.
Recently, KSTP, a local news station, interviewed the inspiring young woman to ask about why she is in this world and what makes her so successful. She told them that they are her passion, and this is why she is good at them. When you see her on stage, it is clear to see that she is truly passionate about this world.
According to the officials at the Miss USA state pageant, she is the first person with Down syndrome to take part in the pageant. Denise Wallace, the executive director of the pageant, says that all you need is five minutes with Holmgren and you will see that she is the right person to introduce Down syndrome people into the pageantry world. She is inspirational, and she shows that there is nothing that she cannot do. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing her compete surely concurs with what Wallace has to say.
Holmgren carries herself with grace and truly represents the community. She is showing all young women that you truly can do anything you want if you truly dedicate your time and mind to it.
At the end of the Miss Minnesota pageant, Holmgren did not win the grand prize, but she certainly walked away with other recognitions, including the Director’s Award and the Spirit of Miss USA Award. Kalie Wright took the grand prize. The recognition that Holmgren received was something her fellow contestants appeared to praise and agree with. When you watch some of the videos of the ceremony presenting the awards, you can see two contestants hugging Holmgren and congratulating her on the success that she achieved as a contestant in the pageant.
This is just the beginning for Holmgren and she is opening doors for many women who are a bit different, but have the heart it takes to take on the competition.
Holmgren is not the first person to make waves as a first in the pageantry world. In fact, another Miss Minnesota contestant recently made headlines too. The first woman to compete for the title wearing a burkini and a hijab was in the media spotlight too. Her name is Halima Adem.
It is easy to say that both of these inspiring women are going to help other young ladies get motivated to compete. This could change the face of pageantry for years to come, making it a much more diverse and competitive world.