First model with Down syndrome at NY Fashion Week

First model with Down syndrome at NY Fashion Week

She's first with Down syndrome on catwalk at NY Fashion Week.

She is best known for her role in American Horror Story.

But Jamie Brewer, 30, made history when she became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway.

She appeared during the New York Fashion Week on Thursday, when she took part in Carrie Hammer's "Role Models Not Runway Models" campaign.

Brewer, an activist for the Down Syndrome community, told the Today show: "Young girls and even young women…(see me) and say 'hey, if she can do it so can I.' "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."

Brewer tweeted about the exciting experience and shared some backstage photos on Twitter on Thursday morning, Huffington Post reported.

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Hammer said he was thrilled to work with the actress.

The designer told Huffington Post: "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.

"She's an inspiring lady!"

Brewer told People magazine that she has always been interested in fashion.

She described her personal style as "anything that shows my personality, from edgy to glitzy".

Was she nervous going into her runway walk? She said: "I thought I was going to be, but honestly, I just channelled it into excitement."

For preparation, she said, one of the other models involved in the event "opened up her place for all the models to meet and get to know each other and also learn the walk".

Asked for advice now that she's on the other side of a successful runway career, Brewer paused before saying: "Be true to your heart... Put your whole heart and soul into it, and then whatever you do, it will shine through."

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...activist.

- Clothing designer Carrie Hammer on Jamie Brewer


This article was first published on Feb 14, 2015.
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