First-ever model with Down syndrome graces runway at New York Fashion Week
US actress Jamie Brewer, 30, made history on Thursday (Feb 12) when she became the first lady with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.
The actress, well known her role in the TV series American Horror Story, participated in designer Carrie Hammer's runway show campaigned as "Role Models Not Runway Models".
"Young girls and even young women … [see me] and say 'hey, if she can do it so can I," Brewer told Today magazine.
"It's a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to [encourage them] in being who they are and showing who they are."
On the same day, she shared a couple of photographs on Twitter.
Other role models involved in the runway show included CEOs and leaders of businesses as well as influential women with disabilities.
"What I love about Jamie is that having Down Syndrome is so not a large part of her identity, she is first a famous actress, talented writer, beautiful woman, and (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities) activist," Hammer told The Huffington Post.
"She's an inspiring lady!"
Hammer said that Brewer's outfit was custom designed to flaunt the star's fabulous qualities.
"American Horror Story is dark, scary, bewitching so we had to go with black and Jamie has a beautiful body with a teeny waist and curves and we went with an A-line."
Source: The Huffington Post, Daily Life