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New York Fashion Week 2015: Year of Change February 19 2015

Actress Jamie Brewer at New York Fashion Week 2015

It's that glamours, glorious time of year again - New York Fashion Week! Fashion's biggest players took over the Big Apple to showcase their latest masterpieces and we loved EVERY minute of it. New York Fashion week has come a long way since it's beginnings as "Press Week" in 1943. This year marked three firsts for the fashion industry's biggest event, representing a wonderful shift in the acceptance of all forms of beauty.

These firsts included Fashion Week's first model with down syndrome, Actress Jamie Brewer, who ROCKED the runway at the Carrie Hammer show. You may recognize this red-headed beauty from her role on American Horror Story.

"Young girls and even young women ... (see me) and say, 'hey, if she can do it, so can I,' " Brewer told Today.com. "It's a true inspiration being a role model for any young women to (encourage them) in being who they are and showing who they are."

Brewer is truly a role model for so many young women and men too. She walked the runway wearing a beautiful black quarter sleeve collared dress which was specifically designed for her by designer Carrie Hammer. Hammer has been making strides with her Role Models Not Runway Models campaign, which highlights women who are making a difference in the world. 

"I called up my existing clients who were all incredible women, and one of them happened to be a doctor and a sex therapist who happened to be in wheelchair," Hammer told Today.com. "It was never intended to be this incredible statement."

Winnie Harlow at New York Fashion Week 2015!

 

Winnie Harlow (a.k.a.Chantelle Brown-Young) was another amazing role model this year in the fashion industry (photo by Rex USA). You may recognize this beautiful bombshell from her start on America's Next Top Model, or one of her many modeling campaigns with Diesel and Desigual. 

While the fashion industry as a whole has been making strides towards a less uniform idea of beauty, New York Fashion Week has traditionally still stuck to its mold. We love that Winnie is a role model for all girls, especially girls with vitiligo - a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches - and other skin disorders. Harlow's next goal? The cover of Vogue. We can't wait to see her there.