20-Year Old Model With Down Syndrome Becomes An Official Ambassador Of Cosmetic Brand
January 16, 2019 11:15 By Mambee
Dreams do come true, and the story of 20-year old Kate Grant, from Co Tyrone, Ireland, proves this fact. Kate, who is the first teen with Down syndrome to have won Teen Ultimate Beauty Of The World pageant in 2018, has recently been made a brand ambassador for ‘Benefit Cosmetics.’
Kate's mother, Deidre Grant, couldn't have been happier, as she revealed that Kate aspires to be a supermodel and doesn't see her condition as an obstacle towards achieving her dreams.
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of an extra chromosome in the cell, which leads to various development delays, learning disabilities and many health problems.
Kate, who first gained attention on the Belfast Fashion Week walkway, has modeled for Debenhams, thanks her agent, Carthy, for the wonderful opportunities.
Deirdre revealed that Carthy gave Kate a chance because she believed in her.
Benefit seemed proud to have confirmed that their decision to choose Kate Grant as their ambassador was spot on after a photo of her wearing their new product of eyeliner got lots of attention on Instagram.
A representative of the beauty brand told ‘Daily Mail’ that:
“We discovered Kate by chance in the summer of 2018 when we saw a Facebook video about her journey to becoming a model. We fell instantly in love with her."
The Instagram post of Kate posing with Benefit's new liquid eyeliner garnered over 4,000 likes and lots of comment on Kate's beauty. ‘Benefit’ was praised for giving her such an amazing chance.
Kate, who believes her disability is not enough to stop her from achieving what she wants in life, hopes to inspire many other people like her. On an interview with ‘Mirror,’ Kate said:
“I want the next generation who have any special needs to know the true meaning of beauty is who you are, not what you look like. Kindness, compassion and inner sparkle, that's the ultimate beauty."
Indeed, nothing can stop anyone from achieving their dreams, not even a disability.
We believe Kate will continue to make big waves in the modeling industry, and keep on inspiring us all. Also, we hope more brands will emulate Benefit's beautiful decision of giving everyone an equal chance.