Model with Down’s Syndrome ‘paving the way for others with disabilities’


A top model with Down’s Syndrome is blazing a trail for others with disabilities, her mother said.

Kate Grant, 20, from Cookstown in Co Tyrone, has become a brand ambassador for cosmetics giant Benefit.

She appeared on the firm’s Instagram account modelling a new eye-liner and has received nearly 5,000 likes.

When you are young you think the sky is the limit and with Kate she does not have the understanding that we have that there are obstacles in the way.

She does not allow obstacles to be in the way or her disability to stand in the way.

She would say Down’s Syndrome does not define me – I am Kate.

An Instagram posting featuring the Co Tyrone model has attracted thousands of likes.

A recent post from the cosmetics company reads:

WING WOMAN WEDNESDAY. Introducing our first #wingwomanwednesday the gorgeous @kategrantmodel.

We’re so pleased to have her as one of our Wing Women.

Down’s Syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome in the cell and entails learning disability and potentially a range of other health problems.

Ms Grant added:

Of course all of this wouldn’t have come to pass if Kate’s agent Cathy (Martin) hadn’t given Kate that chance to allow her dreams to come true, by modelling on the catwalk in Belfast Fashion Week.

(She’s) a compassionate lady that took the time to care for another individual. This colossal act of kindness will be reciprocated by many blessings.

Social media users posted on Instagram after hearing the news.

One wrote:

What an inspirational young lady, thank you @benefitcosmeticsuk for the heartwarming equal chances with your models! And for the amazing make up obviously.

Another wrote:

She is the prettiest and you are the coolest.

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