Naomi bettah watch out, there’s a new catwalk diva in town and she knows how to work it.
Last week American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer became the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.
Brewer strutted her stuff in designer Carrie Hammer’s show as a part of the designer's Role Models Not Runway Models campaign wearing a look inspired by her appearance on American Horror Story: Coven.
“Young girls and even young women… [see me] and say: "Hey, if she can do it so can I. 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.”
Last year Hammer’s runway show included Dr Danielle Sheypuk, the first woman to 'walk' the runway in a wheelchair, and after that event hundreds of people reached out to thank Carrie Hammer, including Katie Driscoll, who runs a nonprofit organization which advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the media, and who has a daughter, Grace, who was born with Down syndrome.
Carrie Hammer asked Driscoll who she would suggest to walk in her next show, and Drsicoll instantly suggested Jamie Brewer. Who played Addie in American Horror Story: Murder House, Nan in American Horror Story: Coven and Marjorie in American Horror Story: Freak Show; Brewer is also an activist for intellectual disabilities.
At 19, Brewer was elected to the State of Texas ARC Board, where she served for four years; she was also asked to join the Governmental Affairs Committee for the State of Texas where she was the only person with a disability, and she worked with the committee and lawmakers to change the state’s wording to ‘intellectually disabled '.
So, she’s more than just an actress, and now she’s more than just a model, she’s a role model … for everyone.