American Horror Story‘s Jamie Brewer is breaking down barriers! The actress will become the first woman with Down syndrome to hit the runway at New York Fashion Week!
According to E! Online, Jamie is modeling as part of designer Carrie Hammer‘s “Role Models Not Runway Models” campaign, which the designer started last year. Jamie will be rocking one of Carrie’s original designs on the catwalk.
Carrie first got the idea to include Jamie after receiving an encouraging note from Katie Driscoll, co-founder of Changing the Face of Beauty, who has a daughter, Grace, who also has Down syndrome. When Carrie asked Katie who is a good role model for her daughter, Jamie’s name came up. “I explained to her how important it is for my daughter to have role models like [Jamie] to see that [anything] is possible,” Katie said.
“Young girls and even young women…[see me] and say ‘hey, if she can do it so can I,'” Jamie told Today about being a part of the show. “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.”
Carrie told Today that Jamie’s outfit will be inspired by her character in the most recent season of AHS! . “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,” she said.
“It’s amazing, it’s really neat,” Jamie added. “Many women have many sides to their personality, this dress fits…mine. I am honored to be in it.”
So awesome! Not only am I excited to see the outfit, I’m excited for Jamie’s accomplishment. There are definitely a lot of negative stigmas surrounding those with Down syndrome, honestly. Jamie being a part of this fashion show, and acting in general, shows others that those with Down syndrome can still shine in whatever they want to do! Congrats to her!
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