Model With Down Syndrome Struts On Catwalk At New York Fashion Week

Jamie Brewer may have Down Syndrome, but she does not consider the condition to be a disability. Instead, having Down’s syndrome has opened doors to her career. As a member of the American Horror Story cast, she played characters that she never dreamed of portraying. However, with the arrival of New York Fashion Week, she can now add model to her resume. Rather than use Down syndrome as a crutch, she has used it to bring awareness and educate people on the condition. Strutting her stuff on the catwalk seemed like the perfect means of bringing awareness as eyes focused on her.


ABC News reported that Jamie Brewer was excitedly tweeting pictures of herself as make up artists dolled her up for her opportunity to model beautiful clothing. Although Brewer is most well known for her roles in American Horror Story, walking the catwalk seemed a perfect way to show off her many talents. When asked if she was nervous or afraid, she shared that she was not at all.

“Embrace the fear and go for it. That’s what I do. I don’t run from it, I embrace the fear.”

Brewer was chosen to model for designer Carrie Hammer in an attempt to shatter model stereotypes. Rather than insert a crew of runway models into the show, it was decided to utilize role models instead, a bold move that led to positive reception. Carrie Hammer shared why she chose Brewer.

“Jamie is an incredible actress and also an activist, an artist and a writer who just happens to have Down syndrome… but that doesn’t define her. She’s an incredible role model for many, many people.”

According to Metro U.K., the garb that Jamie Brewer wore was a bespoke dress as she walked the runway. The dress was inspired by her American Horror Story role, yet also portrayed a classy style to it. She was asked her thoughts on the dress, responding that it was amazing.

“It’s amazing, it’s really neat. Many women have many sides to their personality; this dress fits … mine. I am honored to be in it.”

Although Jamie Brewer was the star of the show, other role models also made their way down the catwalk. Danielle Sheypunk, a doctor and sex therapist, wheeled herself down the runway in a previous show via her wheelchair.

Many designers place the focus on fashion, using beautiful models to accentuate their designs. Carrie Hammer takes her design a step further by creating fashions that accentuate the role models she chooses to walk the runway.

[Photo Courtesy: Armour Beauty]