Jamie Brewer, one of the actresses from the widely popular “American Horror Story” television series on the FX network, will soon hold the distinction of being the first model with Down syndrome to grace the runway at New York Fashion Week. Being a devoted fan of this show, I was especially excited to hear this news.
Brewer is scheduled to model a Carrie Hammer design later today. Carrie Hammer is best known for showcasing women who wouldn’t normally fit the more “traditional” idea of a supermodel in her “Role Models Not Runway Models” shows.
Brewer recently spoke to Today about her amazing and exciting opportunity. “Young girls and even young women…[see me] and say, ‘hey, if she can do it, so can I,'” she said. “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.”
In addition to her acting career, Brewer is very active in the Down syndrome community. She has served on the State of Texas ARC Board and the ARC Governmental Affairs Committee for the State of Texas. Brewer has also been involved in multiple non-profits, including the American Association of People with Disabilities of the United States and the National Down Syndrome Congress.
Hammer states that she wanted to represent every woman who purchased her designs. She also has gone on record of saying that by featuring her clients – which include global activists, independent businesswomen, groundbreaking researchers, and journalists – would be what did the trick.
“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,” states Hammer. “It was never intended to be this credible statement.”
Hammer said she received an outpouring of “thank you” emails, which proved to her that it, indeed, was an amazing statement. The email that stood out to Hammer the most came from Katie Driscoll, a co-founder of the Changing the Face of Beauty organization, a non-profit that encourages the media to include individuals with various disabilities. After thanking Hammer, Driscoll asked her if she would be able to include someone who looks like her daughter Grace, who also has Down syndrome, in the show at New York Fashion Week.
The answer came in the form of Jamie Brewer.
“It’s amazing, it’s really neat,” said Brewer. “Many women have many sides to their personality, this dress fits…mine. I am honored to be in it.”
We’re really hoping to see the sassy side of Jamie Brewer as she struts down that runway. Maybe something similar to her character “Nan” from “American Horror Story: Coven.”
BY EMI BOSCAMP