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‘AHS’ Star Jamie Brewer Talks About Being First Model With Down Syndrome at NYFW

by Sarah Flanigan 1:42 PM PST, February 18, 2015
Playing ‘AHS’ Star Jamie Brewer Talks About Being First Model With Down Syndrome at NYFW

Jamie Brewer made headlines when she hit the runway at New York Fashion Week this month, not only because she was dazzling in her Carrie Hammer dress, but also because she was the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the runway.

The American Horror Story star was featured in designer Carrie Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” show on Feb. 12. While it was her first time modeling, you never would have known it when you saw her on the runway.

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"It's a phenomenal feeling being in a dress that Carrie Hammer calls 'The Jamie'," the 30-year-old told ETonline's Sarah Flanigan about her experience. "It's an amazing, a really amazing feeling and an amazing opportunity."

The NYFW runway isn’t just a place for Jamie to strut her stuff, it’s also an opportunity to show that anything is possible.

"It's amazing that the fashion industry are including individuals with disabilities," she said. "It's an amazing opportunity for women, women that are disabled."

Jamie joined an elite group on the runway including CEO's, executives, activists, actresses and more… all of whom Jamie befriended. But there were two in particular that the actress seemed to have a connection with.

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"She's a phenomenal lady, a phenomenal friend," Jamie said about Danielle Sheypuk, the first model to be featured in NYFW in a wheelchair at Hammer’s “Role Models Not Runway Models” show in 2014. “We're getting to know each other quite well.”

Another woman Jamie bonded with is Loreen Arbus, the first woman in the United States to head programming for a national network.

“She had opened her house up to us to actually to learn the model walk,” Jamie said. “She's an amazing lady.”

Check out the video above to see more of Jamie’s interview and what she has to say about season 5 of American Horror Story!

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