Designer takes a stand

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Heather Schofield

On Thursday February 12, 2015, designer Carrie Hammer used a model with Down Syndrome to make a statement. She wanted people to realize that just because someone has Down Syndrome does not mean they are not beautiful or that they should not be treated like differently.

Hammer wants her fans and audience to strive to be the best they can, and not what society says beauty should be. She wants others to accept each other for who they are regardless of mental ability. The message that this inspirational choice sends is that everyone is beautiful and anyone can achieve their dream career when there are people with open minds and a willingness to accept diversity.

With the positive reaction to the model, it may be possible to break away from the typical stereotype that surrounds disabilities. Those with disabilities would be able to get more diverse careers in fields that they may have not believed possible.

The opportunities that will open up for disabled people could be incredible if more people in positions of power opened the door. Jamie Brewer got an opportunity of a lifetime by being the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the catwalk. Brewer is an inspiration for those with disabilities, especially those with Down Syndrome.

Conveying that everyone is beautiful and has something special about them helps people open up, and break the cycle of judgement. It will help others have more opportunities to advance in not only the job world, but politics, travel and work to name a few.

Those with disabilities deserve a chance to be whomever they choose and a chance at all opportunities in life.

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