Actress Jamie Brewer to Be First Model With Down Syndrome at Fashion Week (PHOTO)

actress Jamie Brewer

New York Fashion Week is pretty consistently raked over the coals for picking cookie-cutter models who are super-thin, super-tall, and super-young to walk down the runway. But today, for the first time ever, a model with Down syndrome will join their gorgeous ranks.


Thirty-year-old actress Jamie Brewer from FX's hit show American Horror Story is modeling as part of designer Carrie Hammer's "Role Models Not Runway Models." It's a campaign that features real women instead of random runway models with size-0 shapes.

If you're a fan of American Horror Story, you know Jamie. She played Adelaide "Addie" Langdon in the 2011 season, the character of Nan in 2013, and in last year's Freak Show story arc, she appeared as Marjorie.

But she's not just an actress. (Yes, we know. Actresses say that all the time, but this time it's true!) Since the age of 19, Jamie's been an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities in her homestate of Texas.

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So here's how this game-changing idea of having Jamie model came about.

After Hammer's first fashion show featured a friend of hers in a wheelchair, she started getting tons of thank-yous from women -- and nominations for other role models to walk in her shows. One of those letters came from Katie Driscoll, co-founder of a nonprofit called Changing the Face of Beauty, which champions the media to include more people with disabilities. Driscoll's young daughter, Grace, has Down syndrome, and she had a very special request for Hammer: to see a model she could identify with.

Enter Jamie Brewer.

Hammer told Today that she designed a dress for Jamie that's inspired by American Horror Story: "Dark, scary, and bewitching."

So how does Jamie feel about wearing it -- and breaking some seriously overdue ground?

"It's amazing, really neat," she told Today.

We think so too!

What other role models would you like to see on the runway?


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