Meet The First Model With Down Syndrome To Be The Face Of A Beauty Campaign

Katie Meade is making history.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Katie Meade is changing the face of beauty. As the star of Beauty & Pin-Ups' newest product launch, the Fearless Hair Rescue Treatment, the 32-year-old model is the first woman with Down syndrome to be featured as the face of a beauty campaign - ever. And she is absolutely killing it.

"The Beauty & Pin-Ups brand is a celebration of the empowerment of a woman and what it took to be a pin-up in 1935, and carrying that message in a modern sense," said Beauty & Pin-Ups CEO Kenny Kahn in an interview with PeopleStyle. Kahn and Meade first met through Best Buddies, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and uplifting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for which Meade is an ambassador. "So as we were launching this product, in our mind it could have been the next traditional pin-up, but as soon as we came up with the name 'Fearless' it was really easy. We were like, 'Well Katie's fearless.'"

"She just owns it," Kahn continued. "She just has fun, she's comfortable within herself. She is really excited to be our brand ambassador."

Katie's outlook on beauty is one we all can relate to: "Every day is a great day to feel good about yourself. Feeling good makes you look good - that's my motto."

"People see me for who I am and they see me not as someone with a disability, but that I have ability," Meade continued in an interview with PeopleStyle. "And I like to try new, different things, and I inspire women to do that. Beauty belongs to everybody."

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