Beauty contestant with Down syndrome will make history
Mikayla Holmgren, who will contest the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, has an impressive resume. She has participated in many beauty contests, is a triple athlete and mentors women with Down syndrome like her.
22-year-old Mikayla will be the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in the state pageant, and is also the first in the US.
Her participation shows how far ideas of body acceptance and different beauty ideals are making their presence felt in fashion shows, beauty contests and TV.
In February this year, designers hired people with disabilities to model their clothes at New York Fashion Week. This shows that contests are becoming accessible for all.
Mikayla has always been determined to prove that her disability does not define her. She has always been a 'go-getter' and achieved more than many people can even dream of.