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Down Syndrome Model Makes A Splash At New York Fashion Week

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Down Syndrome, New York Fashion Week, Developmentally Disabled, Behavioral HealthChanging the face of fashion is nothing new for designer Carrie Hammer, who has been displaying her fashion through her "Role Models Not Runway Models." Hammer made news last year when she featured a client of hers - Dr. Danielle Sheypuk - in her runway show. Sheypuk was the first woman to "walk" the runway in a wheelchair. Shortly after that Hammer featured a model that was a triple amputee.  This year, Hammer is doing it again, featuring Jamie Brewer, an actress on the popular FX series American Horror Story.

Jamie Brewer has down syndrome, but she has never let that stop her from pursuing her dreams, and she loves to see that other girls with down syndrome are following her lead.

According to a recent Daily Mail article, "Actress Makes History As The First Ever Model With Down Syndrome To Walk The Runway At New York Fashion Week," by Erica Tempesta,

"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."

When Brewer isn't modeling high fashion on the runway, or acting for the small screen, she is an activist for people with intellectual disabilities.

Hammer will continue to feature role models in her fashion shows, and show the world that disabilities don't define what our heroes are capable of accomplishing.

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