Model Wants to be the First Woman With Down Syndrome in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue | 22 Words

A Minnesota model has auditioned to become the first woman with Down's Syndrome in Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue.

Keep scrolling to find out what led her to this incredible aspiration and to see the stunning pics...

Now, there's no doubt there's a problem within the fashion industry.

It's been there for a very long time: despite calls for change, the same kinds of models crop up over and over again. Instead of diversity, we see white models with one body type, one skin type, and complexion.

It's a painfully exclusive industry.


There are many people across the world, and while every one of us is affected by the fashions we buy, so few of us are truly represented.

It's time to change that.

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People are asking to see models of varying skin races, models of every body type, and beyond.

People with Down's Syndrome are constantly put down in society.

Down's Syndrome is a genetic disorder that is completely impossible to prevent.

It's currently the most common chromosomal disorder...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year in the United States, around six-thousand babies are born with Down’s syndrome, equating to around 1 in every 700 babies born.

Some people with Down's syndrome may experience additional medical issues as a result of the extra chromosome.

Heart, intestinal, ear, nose, throat, or thyroid issues can sadly come hand in hand with someone who lives with Down's Syndrome.

These factors instantly give people with Down's Syndrome a label...

And many assume that these people are incapable of living a life of their own and succeeding.

But Mikayla Holmgren is here to prove otherwise...

The twenty-six-year-old model is hoping to make history by being the first woman with Down Syndrome to appear in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.

And people think she's a perfect fit...

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Mikayla Holmgren is no stranger to making history...

In 2017, she became the first woman with Down Syndrome to compete in the Miss USA pageant, where she won the Spirit of Miss USA and Director's awards.

Now, Holmgren has her heart set on another achievement, and she's been busy filming her audition tape...

Hoping to appear in Sports Illustrated, which prides itself on its inclusivity.

In an interview with Fox 9, Holmgren says she wants to inspire people with differences to "be confident and go after your dreams."

Posting on Instagram, Holmgren wrote: "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."

"SI Swim has been such a champion in the diversity of beauty. Now is the time to include someone like me," she says. "All women deserve to be celebrated. We need awareness for those with special needs."

After finishing her audition tape, Holmgren wrote: "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!"

Keep being your amazing self, Mikayla!

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