Get to Know Katie Meade, the Badass Professional Model With Down Syndrome
Model Katie Meade has a favorite word, and that word is "fearless." The 32-year-old model with Down syndrome has conquered many fears: from undergoing heart surgery to winning the gold medal at the Special Olympics and being the International Global Ambassador for Best Buddies, an organization that hopes to end the stigma toward people living with disabilities.
Katie is currently making headlines as one of the first models with Down syndrome to be named the face of a major beauty campaign. Fittingly, she is the face of hair-care brand Beauty and Pin-Ups' newest product, dubbed the Fearless Hair Rescue Masque. This venture has not only brought her success but also more confidence.
Katie follows in the footsteps of Madeline Stuart, another woman with Down syndrome who became a Fashion Week runway model. These extraordinary ladies are breaking barriers for people living with disabilities who dream of breaking into the fashion and beauty biz.
Now Katie's empowering life mottos are making it to the small screen with her appearance in an upcoming episode of TLC's reality show competition Global Beauty Masters. Never shy of sharing her secret to living a bold life, Katie spoke to us about how we too should all live every day to the fullest.
And don't forget to check out Katie on Global Beauty Masters, airing Tuesday, April 19, at 11 a.m. on Discovery Life.