When actress Jamie Brewer walked onto the runway as a model at New York Fashion Week on Thursday, she took a big step for people with Down syndrome.
The “American Horror Story” actress became the first woman with Down syndrome to walk at the famous fashion event. She wore an original design by Carrie Hammer as part of the designer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” show featuring about two dozen inspirational women.
Hammer is “most known for featuring women who don’t look like our traditional idea of a supermodel in her shows,” according to Bustle.com.
“Young girls and even young women ...(see me) and say ‘hey, if she can do it so can I,’” Brewer said on the “Today” show Wednesday.
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“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 is very active in the Down syndrome community and with several nonprofits including the National Down Syndrome Congress, according to Bustle, which deems the actress “probably one of the most amazing humans to exist on this planet.”
Hammer said she was creating something for Brewer to model that is inspired by her character on “American Horror Story.”
The FX series “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,” Hammer told Today.
For her part, Brewer admitted to Bustle that “learning the model walk” has been the hardest part of getting ready for the show. “I can do an inch-and-a-half heel, but eventually I would love to be able to do six inches!” she said.