A 26-year-old model is wanting to impact the world forever by turning into the first lady with Down syndrome to show up in the renowned Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Mikayla Holmgren is not a new name to making history. In 2017, the Minnesota local turned into the first lady with Down syndrome to contend in a Miss USA expo, where she won the Spirit of Miss USA and Director’s honors.
Presently, Holmgren has been caught up with shooting and submitting an audition tape with the expectations of being the first model with Down Syndrome to show up in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue – which has become beacon of inclusivity in recent years.
In an exclusive interview with Fox 9, Holmgren says she wants to be an inspiration for people with down syndrome – to “be confident and go after your dreams”.
Posting on her Instagram account – where she has more than 21,000 followers – Holmgren expressed: “Everyone is talking about inclusion right now and one of the most underrepresented groups is people with special needs. I would love to be the beacon of hope for so many young girls who can relate to me.”
She further added: “SI Swim has been such a champion in the diversity of beauty. Now is the time to include someone like me,” she says in her audition tape. “All women deserve to be celebrated. We need awareness for those with special needs.”
What’s more, subsequent to completing her audition tape, Holmgren composed on Instagram: “And that’s a wrap! I felt so accomplished when we finished the filming of my @si_swimsearch casting tape! We hear a lot about inclusion these days and I would love to be invited to that conversation as a woman with #DownSyndrome as ALL women deserve to be celebrated!”
This comes after individuals observed World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, a day to bring issues to light of the condition, yet additionally to give a stronger voice to individuals with Down syndrome, and the individuals who live and work with them.