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Special Olympian Becomes First Model with Down Syndrome to Land Beauty Campaign

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"She's the type of inspiration the beauty world has been missing," haircare line Beauty & Pin-ups wrote on their Instagram, and they couldn't be more right: Katie Meade is truly a barrier-breaking woman in every sense of the word.

The former Special Olympian is now an ambassador for the brand, making her the first model with Down syndrome to accomplish the feat. This milestone follows the 2015 headlines actress Jamie Brewer made for becoming the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week. (Meet more Strong Women Who Are Changing the Face of Girl Power As We Know It.)

What's particularly awesome about Meade's partnership with Beauty & Pin-ups is that she's not just a brand spokesperson—she's actually the inspiration behind the brand's latest launch, Fearless, an intensive hair mask designed to repair damage, split ends, and brittle winter strands, while helping to champion her own causes—a portion of the proceeds goes right to Best Buddies International, a charitable organization committed to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Fun fact: Best Buddies is how Meade and Beauty & Pin-ups CEO Kenny Kahn first connected).

Instagrammers and Facebookers have taken to the brand's pages to sing their praises of the super strong Special Olympics vet, whose list of sports reads like a list of all the events: aquatics, gymnastics, athletics, basketball and softball. "She's so strong!" one commenter pointed out of her serious biceps. We agree—those are some killer arms. (Want more inspo? Check out Hammer Thrower Amanda Bingson, who's "200 Pounds and Kicking Ass.")

Meade's hair looks amazing in the brand's advertisements too. Her curls are shiny, frizz-free, and basically flawless. And if we can get hair like that from being Fearless like Meade, well, we're ready to repair our hair.

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