Historically, pageants haven't been known to celebrate beauty in its many forms. For example, you'd be hard-pressed to find a member of the disabled community represented in major pageants in the past. But with the most recent Miss Minnesota pageant, that lack of representation may just change for good. 

For the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, Mikayla Holmgren was the FIRST EVER contestant with Down Syndrome to compete at the state level. 

This wasn't Holmgren's first pageant, though, as she previously held the title of Minnesota Miss Amazing in 2015, which is geared toward women who have disabilities. Following that pageant, Holmgren asked her mom if she could apply for the Miss USA pageant after getting information about it in the mail, but her mother, Sandi, wasn't sure if they'd "pass her by," as she explained to BuzzFeed

"I wrote that she had Down syndrome and thought they would pass her by but they decided they wanted her to be a part of it," Holmgren's mom shared.

"I didn't realize it was part of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageant and it took me a few weeks to realize the enormity of it and what a big deal it was for her to be in," she told BuzzFeed. Although Holmgren ultimately didn't win the pageant, she still made a big impact simply by being the first contestant with Down Syndrome at a state-level for the Miss USA pageant. She even took home the Director's Award and the Spirit of Miss USA Award! 

Outside of the pageant world, Holmgren is a dancer, college student, and an ambassador. 

Holmgren balances schoolwork at Bethel University while interning at the school's child care center. She also serves as an ambassador for Best Buddies, which helps those with "intellectual and developmental disabilities," according to its website. Plus, Holmgren choreographs all of her dance routines!

"I went from a special needs pageant to the biggest pageant in the world. It's kind of crazy," Holmgren told BuzzFeed.

By following her passion regardless of any limitations, Holmgren is a true inspiration to many. As executive state director Denise Wallace Heitkamp put it, “You exude the spirit of Miss USA by always being true to yourself and putting others first," which she noted while presenting the Spirit of Miss USA award to Holmgren."You have selflessness, humility, and the ability to overcome obstacles with a smile on your face and excitement in your heart.” 

Holmgren might've not taken the crown, but she's definitely a queen in my book.