Mikayla Holmgren just became the first person with down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA State Pageant. And she stole the show! Hell, she stole the U.S.A!!
When talking with reporters Mikayla Holmgren couldn't stop beaming as she recalled what it was like to not only compete in but, receive two awards at the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.
"I was super shocked, I was in tears," the 22-year-old from Stillwater, Minnesota said. The went on to say, "I went from a special needs pageant to the biggest pageant in the world. It's kind of crazy."
Holmgren, who has been dancing since she was 6, says she loves performing for crowds and draws strength and joy from the stage.
"Dancing is a good outlet for me. It's how I express myself," she explained. "It's my talent and I want to show people what I can do and how I can give more."
After reading about Holmgren's participation in the pageant, the Pioneer Press announced that several women brought their daughters, who also have Down syndrome, to watch her participate in the event.
In the end we ALL watched.
What an uplifting story! We need more of these!— Chris (@1ChrisMoore) November 28, 2017
Congratulations Mikayla Holmgren! You looked amazing tonite!! Your dress was beautiful on you!! 👏👏👏👏👏👍😊🤗👸— Kelly Marie Medes (@kelly_medes) November 28, 2017
You're amazing !!!!!!!!!!— 🇺🇸🇮🇱Amanda Mendez🇺🇸🇮🇱 (@mandymendez90) November 28, 2017
A beautiful moment!— Mary BITTEL (@bittel_mary) November 28, 2017