Mikayla Holmgren has already made history, and she’s hoping to do it again.

By Shayne Wells

The 26-year-old became the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a Miss USA pageant in 2017 when she entered Minnesota’s competition.

But Holmgren is now hoping to cross another barrier by becoming the first female model with Down syndrome to be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit.

Mikayla Holmgren shoots her video submission for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Search. (FOX 9)

Holmgren hopes to be an inspiration for many people who have her condition.

About one in every 700 people in the U.S. are born with Down syndrome, which occurs when an individual is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 6,000 babies in the U.S. are born with the chromosomal condition each year.

Holmgren recently submitted her audition tape to Sports Illustrated and is waiting to hear back — but she isn’t nervous about the answer.

Mikayla Holmgren shoots her video submission for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Search. (FOX 9)

“I just wait and see,” she says, “and fingers crossed.”

To follow along with Holmgren’s journey, you can follow her Instagram @Mikholmgren_Inspiring_Others or her website.

More on FOX9 NEWS

close

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here