Inspirational Woman With Down's Syndrome Wows US State Beauty Pageant

Marking the first time a participant with Down syndrome has competed in a Miss USA state show altogether, 22-year-old Mikayla Holmgren, a talented young dancer, was awarded both the Spirit of Miss USA and Director's Awards at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

Holmgren, who has been dancing since she was 6 years old, performed a dance routine for the pageant's talent portion.

Holmgren, who was called a "trailblazer" by the pageant's executive co-director, was given the award after competing on Saturday in Burnsville, Minn. "You have selflessness, humility and the ability to overcome obstacles with a smile on your face and excitement in your heart". "I'm really proud of myself, this is my dream", she told local news station, KSTP.

"She's an ambassador. She's going to be a leader and stands firm for others that maybe don't know how to achieve things", Holmgren's mother, Sandi Holmgren, said in April of 2017 when she announced her intention to enter the pageant.

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As for Mikayla, her double win has inspired countless others, and moved her to tears.

Miss Minnesota USA will not be Mikayla's first pageant, but it is certainly important enough to make her future look even brighter. She became the first victor with the disease. "It's kind of insane". She is now enrolled at Bethel University in their Inclusive Learning and Development program. "I choreograph my own dances". "And would love to model", she wrote on Facebook.

"I am an advocate for individuals with Down syndrome", Holmgren said.

Holmgren said she wants the world to know that her Down syndrome "does not define" her.

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