Living in a selfie society where people compete and manipulate their photos for likes and comments, it can be easy to forget that beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes.
Mikayla Holmgren made history last weekend as she became the first woman with Down’s Syndrome to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA beauty pageant.
The 22-year-old university student and dancer won both the Spirit of Miss USA Award and the Director’s Award at the event.
And as she took to the stage at the Ames Centre in Burnsvill to receive her trophies, the audience gave her a well-deserved standing ovation.
The executive state director, Denice Wallace Heitkamp, presented Holmgren with the awards and said: “You make people smile every time you talk, cheer, smile, and dance. You have selflessness, humility, and the ability to overcome obstacles with a smile on your face and excitement in your heart.”
And the overwhelming reaction from the crowd brought Holmgren to tears as she embraced her mother.
And even though Instagram is pretty competitive, it doesn’t hold a candle to real-life beauty pageants.The pageant world has always been one to keep their idea of beauty standards one-dimensional, and anyone who doesn’t look, speak, or act like the cookie cutter mold these pageants have in mind has historically been kicked to the curb. However, it looks like all of that is changing, which beauty pageant stages seeing more inclusive groups of women each year.
Just ask the lovely Mikayla Holmgren. This beauty just made history by becoming the first woman with Down syndrome to ever compete in the Miss USA pageant.