Kate Grant, who has Down Syndrome, has landed a major contract
Kate Grant, a native of Cookstown in Co Tyrone, has been named an ambassador for global beauty brand Benefit Cosmetics.
Grant, who is Northern Ireland’s first model with Down’s Syndrome, was named Teen Ultimate Beauty Of The World in July 2018.
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❌ PLEASE SHARE SHARE SHARE ❌ FIRST LADY WITH DOWN SYNDROME TO WIN AN INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY PAGEANT! This year's Teen Ultimate Beauty Of The World 2018, Kate Grant is the first lady with Down Syndrome to be recognized internationally for changing the face of beauty within the pageant industry! Please support Kate's journey by sharing this status. Let's get this news spread everywhere!!!! https://www.facebook.com/theultimatebeautyoftheworldinternationalpageant/
Shortly after winning her title, Benefit Cosmetics discovered Grant online and “instantly fell in love” with the Northern Irish model and her “infectious” energy.
“We discovered Kate by chance in the summer of 2018 when we saw a Facebook video about her journey to becoming a model,” a representative for Benefit Ireland told PEOPLE.
“We were captivated by her incredible zest for life and determination. She embodied everything we stand for as a brand so we knew we had to find a way to work with her."
“We’re truly honored that Kate was able to join us, and we hope her involvement goes someway to showing that beauty and makeup shots can absolutely feature people from all walks of life,” the spokesperson added.
“The beauty industry is changing and we love that people like Kate are leading the way.”
Kate has been named one of the cosmetics brand’s ‘Wing Women’ for their new Roller Liner eyeliner.
Deidre, Kate's mom, told UK Metro: "She is paving the way for people coming behind her."
"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."
On Instagram, Kate shared her excitement with her nearly 19 thousand followers:
Check out the ad starring ‘Catwalk Kate’ here: