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With Facebook Support, Teen With Down Syndrome Lands Photo Shoot

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Within days, a teen with Down syndrome has accrued more than 10,000 likes on Facebook and now she’s getting the star treatment from her favorite clothing chain.

Retailer Wet Seal is bringing Karrie Brown, who has Down syndrome, to California for a photo shoot after the St. Louis-area teen garnered over 10,000 Facebook likes within days. (Facebook)

Retailer Wet Seal is bringing Karrie Brown, who has Down syndrome, to California for a photo shoot after the St. Louis-area teen garnered over 10,000 Facebook likes within days. (Facebook)

An aspiring model, Karrie Brown started a Facebook page earlier this month in the hopes of gaining the attention of the clothing retailer Wet Seal.

“Karrie has Down Syndrome, but she doesn’t let that stop her from following her dreams, which is to be a model. We recently found out that Wet Seal has started carrying plus size clothing, which happens to be a great fit and fashion for girls with Down Syndrome,” reads a note on Brown’s page. “Wet Seal if you are listening, ‘Karrie fits in while standing out!’ and that’s directly from your mission statement.”

Not only did Wet Seal take note of the St. Louis-area girl with Down syndrome, but last week the company promised her “something very special” if she was able to garner 10,000 likes by the end of the week.

Brown surged past the goal Wet Seal set and snagged more than 14,000 likes on the social network. Now, she’s headed to California for her very own photo shoot.

“Karrie’s enthusiasm and passion for fashion caught our attention and has inspired all of us here at Wet Seal,” John Goodman, the company’s CEO, said in a statement. “As Karrie herself said, she loves Wet Seal because our clothes help her to ‘fit in while standing out’ and that’s something we feel passionately about for all of our customers. Wet Seal is proud to be part of Karrie’s journey and we can’t wait for her to experience all of the surprises we have in store for her.”

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Comments (3 Responses)

  1. marie camp says:

    Congratulations, that is wonderful and it is about time that this should be reconized. I wish it all the sucess and to all lucky particpants.

  2. jakki says:

    Wonderful news and how I wish could have been the same for my beautiful daughter with cerebral palsy who has applied at Wet Seal, Buckles and Amercrobmie and Fitch but obviously did not “fit” the image they were looking for.

  3. Lori says:

    Congrats! You & your parents must b so proud! I hope you have an amazing time on your trip &your shoot. And a big shout out 2 Wet Seal for helping your light shine and for seeing and sharing your beauty!

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