Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Woman With Down Syndrome Is 1st To Compete In Miss USA State Pageant.

The audience was always wonderful and even gave her a standing ovation when she took her awards.

So, even when she competes in a pageant, and doesn't actually get the crown, she comes home feeling like a real winner. Then again, it's not much of a shock given how resilient and confidence this young woman is.

The audience was always wonderful and even gave her a standing ovation when she took her awards.

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Being the first Miss Minnesota to represent people with Down syndrome was quite an achievement.

Naturally, the directors and judges of the pageant wanted to recognize her many accomplishments by giving her the Spirit of Miss USA award and the Director's Award, which recognized any young woman who can stand out above the rest.

Mikayla, who's from Marine on St. Croix, killed it by wearing a royal-blue Jovani gown with a train.

She actually shrieked with happiness when she accepted the awards. But of course, she was humbled by competition's executive director Heitkamp's words which reminded the audience that Mikayla is selfless, humbled, and has excitement in her heart and a smile on her face.

Mikayla, who's from Marine on St. Croix, killed it by wearing a royal-blue Jovani gown with a train.

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Unfortunately, Mikayla didn't win the crown, but she was still a winner in everyone's eyes.

Getting to share the stage with Miss Minnesota USA 2018 Kalie Wright, and runner-up, Melisa Paahk has given her the boost of confidence she needed to keep on going, and we can't wait to see what she's going to come up with next, but our curiosity is peeked.

Unfortunately, Mikayla didn't win the crown, but she was still a winner in everyone's eyes.

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Source: Twin Cities

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