(The following excerpt from First Model With Down Syndrome In New York Fashion Week by Lori Grisham recently appeared on usatoday.com. To view it in its entirety click on the link below.)
Actress Jamie Brewer, best known for her roles on American Horror Story, appeared Thursday on a catwalk during New York Fashion Week.
Brewer was the first model in the show with Down syndrome.
Brewer wore clothing by designer Carrie Hammer as part of Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” show, a project that invites inspiring women to showcase Hammer’s work.
“We feature incredible influential women on the runaway. CEOs, executives, activist, actresses, anyone who is the top of the field, top of their game,” Hammer told USA TODAY Network.
“Jamie is an absolute star,” Hammer said, adding that the actress is also an activist for people with intellectual disabilities.
All of the women in the show wore clothing designed especially for them.
Brewer played a witch on American Horror Story so Hammer put her in black with an A-line cut. “Jamie has this beautiful figure with a small waist. A-lines really compliment that,” Hammer said about the design.
The show took place at Lightbox, a digital arts and events space in New York City.
Brewer tweeted images of herself getting ready Thursday morning: