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Jamie Brewer is the first model with Down Syndrome to walk in NY Fashion Week

The well-known actress walked in an inspiring show called ‘Role Models Not Runway Models’ .

ACTRESS JAMIE BREWER today made fashion history, becoming the first model with Down Syndrome to strut down the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Brewer is best known for her roles in the horror anthology series American Horror Story. She made her television debut in the show’s first series as Adeleide and subsequently played different characters in two further series of the programme.

She has been extremely active in the Down Syndrome community, and successfully convinced Texas senators to pass a law abolishing the use of the word “retarded” in state legislation.

The actress was asked to walk in the show for Carrie Hammer, for her inspiring ‘Role Models Not Runway Models’ campaign. Her aim is to use the types of women in her shows who will be buying her clothes – real women.

Speaking to Today ahead of the show, Brewer said: “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.

The show tonight also included Shiza Shahid, one of the founders of the Malala Fund and Kimberly Burna, Founder of Black Girls Code and it certainly brought something different to NYFW this year.

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