American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer has become the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week. The 30-year-old strutted the catwalk in designer Carrie Hammer’s show on Thursday morning wearing a bespoke ensemble which was inspired by her roles on the popular FX horror series.
‘Young girls and even young women… [see me] and say: “Hey, if she can do it so can I,”‘ Miss Brewer told Today. ‘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.’
Miss Brewer walked in Miss Hammer’s fashion show as a part of the designer’s Role Models Not Runway Models campaign, which she first began after being asked to show her collection at New York Fashion Week last year.
‘I called up my existing clients who were all incredible women and one of them happened to be a doctor and a sex therapist who happened to be in wheelchair,’ Miss Hammer told the outlet. ‘It was never intended to be this incredible statement.’
After Dr Danielle Sheypuk became the first woman to ‘walk’ the runway in a wheelchair, hundreds of people reached out to Miss Hammer to thank her, including campaigner Katie Driscoll, who runs a nonprofit organization which advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the media. Miss Driscoll, who was a co-founder of Changing the Face of Beauty, has a daughter Grace, who was born with Down syndrome… see more
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