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Grace Gavilanes
Feb 13, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

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New York Fashion Week is all about aspiration. Onlookers imagine themselves as stick-thin runway models, wearing thousands of dollars worth of intricately tailored couture. But designer Carrie Hammer wants the audience at her show to aspire to something different, which is why she's made it her mission to feature role models over actual runway models.

Thursday morning, actress Jamie Brewer, known for her work on American Horror Story, became the first model with Down syndrome to ever walk at New York Fashion Week.

"It exceeded all of my expectations," Hammer said to TIME. "What I love about our shows everyone is smiling, everyone is having a good time."

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