How This Woman With Down Syndrome Made Fashion History


Jamie Brewer, an actress with Down syndrome best known for her roles on the television show “American Horror Story,” is trailblazing the way for women with disabilities in fashion.

Today, Brewer made history as the first ever person with Down syndrome to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, New York Daily News reported.

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Photo credit: Marc Hall

Brewer modeled fashion designer Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign, which aims to highlight the beauty in difference.

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Carrie Hammer, photo credit: Marc Hall

“These are some of the most beautiful and powerful women in the world,” Hammer told The Mighty in an email. “Women and young women alike should be looking up to and trying to emulate role models not runway models.”

Hammer’s past shows have also featured an amputee and a woman using a wheelchair, according to Today.

Young girls and even young women [see me] and say, ‘Hey, if she can do it so can I,’” Brewer told the outlet. “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.”

“It was overwhelmingly positive!” Hammer told The Mighty shortly after completing the show Thursday. “I could hear all the cheers and screams from backstage.”

Check out Brewer strutting her stuff at New York Fashion Week in the video below: 

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