American Horror Story actress with Down Syndrome to walk at New York Fashion Week
She’s easily one of the most talented stars on chlling anthology series American Horror Story, but it seems the talents of Down Syndrome actress Jamie Brewer extend beyond the screen, as the star is about to make history as the first model with the condition to strut her stuff on the runway at New York Fashion Week.
NYFW kicks off tomorrow, and Brewer, who stars alongside fan favourites Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson in AHS, will not only be donning an original design by Carrie Hammer, but she will be breaking boundaries by becoming the first woman with the disability to walk the catwalk.
“Young girls and even young women… [see me] and say ‘hey, if she can do it so can I,” Brewer told Today. “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.”
Brewer, who also works as an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, is modelling as part of Hammer’s ‘Role Models Not Runway Models’ campaign, which the designer launched when she was first asked to show her line at Fashion Week a year ago. “I called up my existing clients who were all incredible women and one of them happened to be a doctor and a sex therapist who happened to be in a wheelchair,” she told Today. “It was never intended to be this incredible statement.”
Jamie will be the first Down Syndrome model to walk at NYFW (WENN)
But while Hammer never anticipated that her new approach would be the beginning of something brilliant, it definitely is. The designer credits one specific email she received from Katie Driscoll, co-founder of Changing the Face of Beauty, a nonprofit that encourages the media to not discriminate against people with disabilities, and mother of a Down Syndrome child, praising her work.
She wrote: “Thank you for being the change that is long overdue. I could literally cry every time I read an article talking about your decision to include a model who just happens to have a disability! YOU are what this world needed!”
Hammer then asked Driscoll to suggest a good role model for her daughter, Grace, and that was when Brewer’s name emerged. “I explained to her how important it is for my daughter to have role models like [Brewer] to see that [anything] is possible,” Driscoll said. So, what can we expect the actress to sport on the runway? Well, apparently her look will be inspired by Jamie’s character in AHS — though she’s played four different roles throughout the show!
“American Horror Story is dark, scary, bewitching so we had to go with black and Jamie has a beautiful body with a teeny waist and curves and we went with an A-line,” she shares.
“It’s amazing, it’s really neat,” Brewer, 30, said of the outfit. “Manye women have many sides to their personality, this dress fits…mine. I am honored to be in it.”