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.
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.
As you can see, Ms. Holmgren is all smiles when she’s in her element.
Holmgren, who lives in Stillwater, Minnesota, recently represented her home state in a pageant.
While she may not have won the crown, she was able to walk away with two specialty awards: the Spirit of Miss USA Award and the Director’s Award.