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Down syndrome dancer waltzes away with Miss Minnesota awards

Down syndrome dancer waltzes away with Miss Minnesota awards

She said when she got an application in the mail for Miss Minnesota USA, she begged her mother to let her do it.

A 22-year-old woman, the first person with the Down syndrome to enter a USA beauty contest, delighted the audience at the Miss Minnesota pageant on Sunday.

A Minnesota woman with Down syndrome won awards and received national attention after competing in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant over the weekend.

"I have special needs and it's really important-and it's really in yourself, like dream big without limits".

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As for Mikayla, her double win has inspired countless others, and moved her to tears. The victor said that for her, dance is a way of expression. "It's how I express myself", she told BuzzFeed. She was over-the-moon with her excitement, but her mom was a little more cautious.

People who suffer from any health issue especially Down Syndrome are unfortunately looked down upon. And she is also interning at the university's child care center. The former is chosen based on letters the judges receive from the contestants' family and friends, and letters about Holmgren's spirit, courage and strength made her a shoo-in for the victor of the Spirit of Miss USA award.

"That means my life is changing because of the pageant". I want to teach art to young children.

This particular award of the spirit of United States of America is determined on the basis of letters submitted by participant's family and friends.