Since young model Joseph Hale proved he was more than his Down’s syndrome, others with the condition are following suit. Mikayla Holmgren is now making headlines as the first contestant with Down’s syndrome to compete in Miss USA.
“It was clear to us from the very beginning that Mikayla was uniquely special,” [said] a representative for Miss USA… “Her energy, confidence, and attitude are contagious, and we felt very confident that this experience would be a perfect fit for Mikayla.”
The 22-year-old previously snatched the title of Minnesota Miss Amazing Junior Miss in 2015. As expected, fans of Holmgren have been praising the American beauty for breaking stereotypes all over social media.
“My plans for the future are to graduate from Bethel University and then open an art studio for kids with disabilities to come and learn how to dance and create art,” Holmgren said.
Providing a platform for other women, Holmgren has evolved beauty pageants beyond looks. Anyway, it’s all about heart these days.