Just like in American Horror Story, Jamie Brewer killed it on the runway at a New York Fashion Week show today — making her the first with Down syndrome to walk at the illustrious event.
Jamie, 30, walked in Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” show while wearing a black shirt dress picked just for her.
“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,” the designer told Today of the outfit picked just for Jamie. But, she added, how great Jamie looks in the dress isn’t even her best quality. “Jamie is an activist for intellectual disabilities, she is a writer and artist and amazing actress.”
— Jamie Brewer (@MsJamieBrewer) February 12, 2015
“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,” Jamie told Today before the show, adding she was “honored” to participate.
However, I think those behind NY Fashion Week should be the ones honored to have Jamie! Beyond being an actress and (now) model, Jamie is an excellent advocate for people with intellectual disabilities: She got senators and congressmen in her home-state of Texas to replace “retarded” with the term “Intellectual Developmental Disability” in legislation and is involved with the National Down Syndrome Congress and American Association of People with Disabilities of the United States.