Model with Down’s Syndrome becomes brand ambassador for Benefit cosmetics

Kate Grant, who has Down’s Syndrome, is quite the esteemed model.

The 20-year-old from Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, was crowned champion in the Teen Ultimate Beauty Of The World pageant, modelled on the catwalk at Belfast Fashion Week, and also appeared on ITV show This Morning.

And now she has become a brand ambassador for Benefit cosmetics.

The beauty brand chose her after an image of Kate wearing their eyeliner received a lot of love on their Instagram page.

The picture has already received nearly 5,000 likes.

‘She is paving the way for people coming behind her,’ said proud mum Deidre.

‘Kate is aware of that and wants to spread awareness about inclusion for people with disabilities and that is what she has done from the very start.

‘She is aware that she is able to do that in a way some of her friends cannot. She is using her voice for them.’

The role means she will represent Benefit, a company which sells its make-up at over 2,000 shops in more than 30 countries globally.

‘She has a great drive to be a supermodel,’ added Deidre.

‘I love her optimism and as her mum I would always be there to support her in that optimism.

‘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.’

Social media users have commended Benefit for using Kate to represent their brand and commented on the image in their droves.

One wrote: ‘What an inspirational young lady, thank you Benefit for the heartwarming equal chances with your models. And for the amazing makeup obviously.’

This is exactly the kind of representation we need to see more of.