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Meet Katie Meade, the First Model with Down Syndrome to Star as the Face of a Beauty Campaign

Meet Katie Meade, the First Model with Down Syndrome to Star as the Face of a Beauty Campaign

By Krystin Arneson

In news we love, Katie Meade, a model who has Down syndrome, is the new face of Beauty & Pin-Ups, a haircare line. And it's pretty historic (even if long overdue): Her appointment marks the first time anyone with the condition has been the star of a beauty campaign.

She's pretty amazing. A total people person, she's an ambassador for Best Buddies, the world's biggest organization dedicated to ending the isolation — social, physical, and economic, according to the website — of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Meade is also a former Special Olympics athlete, with a gold medal in balance beam.

It's no surprise that when Kenny Kahn, the CEO of Beauty & Pin-Ups, met Meade, he realized she was 100 percent perfect for the job.

"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," he told People Style. "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."

Meade will appear not just in these glam shots but also on the packaging for the Fearless Hair Rescue Treatment — a product she personally endorses for making her hair super-soft.

Meade told People Style that although Jennifer Lopez is her style and beauty icon, it was her sisters who taught her what she knows. Makeup makes her feel her best, she says (and there's nothing we love more over here in Lipstick than women who wear makeup for them).

But the best part is her beauty philosophy: "Every day is a great day to feel good about yourself," she told People Style. "Feeling good makes you look good — that's my motto."

BRB, scribbling that on a note for the bathroom mirror.

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Photo Credit: BeautyAndPinups/Instagram

Tags: beauty, hair, models