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Wet Seal clothing company hires special needs fan as model

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Karrie Brown, model for Wet Seal Karrie Brown, model for Wet Seal

Karrie Brown’s dream came true last month when her favorite clothing company, Wet Seal, asked her to model for them.  The 17-year-old high school junior isn't like most other models –  she has Down Syndrome.  "It was really fun," said Karrie, who describes her style as "biker chick."

Karrie’s mom has started "Karried Away," a non-profit foundation that aims to help young people with disabilities find meaningful employment. "I just want people to understand my daughter is very capable of doing other things," she said, noting that many young adults with Down Syndrome have difficulty finding work outside the service industry.

For Karrie, the future is an open book.  “On some days she wants to model more clothes," says her mom, while "other times she wants to be a librarian."  Karrie also dreams of meeting Ellen Degeneres and dancing with her on her daytime talk show.

 

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