Stunning Down Syndrome Model Wins Fashion Week in More Ways Than One​

Jamie Brewer New York Fashion Week

Jamie Brewer made fashion history this week by being the first model with Down syndrome to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. Brewer stunned as one of the models in designer Carrie Hammer's show, which was entitled "Role Models Not Runway Models."

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The actress, known for her work in American Horror Story, strutted her stuff in a gorgeous black dress, cinched and belted at the waist and flaring out just below the knee in the traditional new-fashion design of Dior.

The button-down frock is the perfect example of how to rock a retro-look without making it seem like you're wearing a costume. I love wearing 1950s and 1960s inspired outfits, but the tricky thing about dressing by decade is making sure you don't look like you're getting ready to go to a costume party. For Brewer, that's no problem. She makes the runway look effortless.

A lot has been made of how ground-breaking it is that Brewer was asked to participate. While it's awesome that a person with Down syndrome was included, I'm more psyched that she's normally built. Brewer's got curves just like myself and lots of other women I know. In the fashion world, seeing someone who isn't stick-thin with nine-foot-long legs is always going to be the thing that sets tongues wagging. 

Brewer wore a killer pair of patent leather pointed beige heels with an ankle-strap that took the dress to the next level. They also gave the illusion of adding a couple of inches of height. As a short girl, I worship beige shoes for this fun trick they can play on wearers of my skin tone. She made the whole look pop with an elegant slash of berry red lip color and a casual updo (I'd kill for auburn locks like hers, by the way) that make the entire ensemble just sing.

Jamie Brewer New York Fashion Week

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