Woman becomes first model with Down syndrome to land beauty campaign

Katie Meade is fearless, a Special Olympian and inspiring others as the new face of a new haircare line.

The 32-year-old is the first woman with Down syndrome to be featured as the face of a beauty campaign.

Meade has battled heart surgery and other health problems, but that has not stopped her from becoming a spokesmodel for Beauty and Pin-Ups.

“She’s also a daughter, a sister and a friend who has broken down barriers, busted stereotypes and stigmas and won over countless hearts, including ours. She is our sole inspiration for Beauty & Pin-Ups’ newest product, Fearless Hair Rescue Masque,” said the haircare line in a press release.

Meade is also an ambassador for Best Buddies International, an organization that is “dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

She is also a talented gymnast winning a gold medal in the balance beam at the 1999 Special Olympics.

“People see me for who I am and they see me not as someone with a disability, but that I have ability,” she told People Magazine. “And I like to try new different things and I inspire women to do that. Beauty belongs to everybody.”

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