Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jamie Brewer Becomes First Runway Model with Down Syndrome at New York Fashion Week

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Jamie Brewer is an actress well known for her work on “American Horror Story”, and she is also an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities. Tomorrow, as Jamie Brewer strides down the catwalk during New York Fashion Week, she'll not only be showing off an original design by Carrie Hammer, but she will also become the first woman with Down syndrome to grace the runway. She said of the honor;

“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.”

Designer CARRIE HAMMER is featuring role models from different career and life pathways on the runway as part of her campaign to motivate young girls by the caliber of people who wear her clothes at the New York Fashion Week Show, The campaign is represented online with the hashtag - #RoleModelsNotRunwayModels. They shared this post on their FB page of Carrie Hammer and Jamie Brewer preparing for the show.

Below is a small intro on their website about Jamie Brewer;

Introducing Role Model: Jamie Brewer

Jamie Brewer grew up loving all forms of the arts, especially movies and theater productions. She started acting in a theater group when she was in junior high school and really loved it. At the age of 18, Jamie became the youngest President of the ARC Fortbend Chapter. She held this office for three years, while doing theater productions That’s What Friends Are For…, and Yada, Yada, Yada, That’s What I’m Sayin’, and Return to LOVE IS A DISABILITY.

At 19 she was appointed to the State of Texas ARC Board. Jamie was 1 of 17 people to represent all individuals with disabilities for the entire state of Texas; she served for 4 years on this board. During her service on Texas ARC Board, Jamie was elected to the Executive Board for the State of Texas ARC as Treasurer and served there for three years. While being on both of these boards, Jamie was asked to serve on the Governmental Affairs Committee for the State of Texas where she was the only person with a disability and served for 2 years. The Committee spoke and advocated for the disabled at the Texas State Capitol working with state lawmakers to change the state’s wording to ‘intellectually disabled”. All the while she was involved with the theater group and performed in Hanu-Rama-Kwanza-Mas and HAIKU playing the dramatic lead.

Jamie became a resident troupe member of Dionysus Theater and performed in many original musicals and plays including Violet and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Musical) where she played Sally. She also had the honor of being in the theater’s touring troupe performing at schools, churches and as a part of the Houston Children’s Museum’s Arts and Accessibility campaign. Prior to each year’s Super Bowl, Houston sponsors a campaign for local food banks.

ROLE MODEL FUN FACT: Can you name two popular tv shows that Jamie has starred in?

ANSWER: Jamie was in American Horror Story: Murder House playing Adelaide. Jamie returned to Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven playing Nan. She also appeared in the final season of SouthLand.

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