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Model with Down Syndrome hopes to redefine beauty

Katie Crowley is changing the face of beauty. (Source: Blush Albany Boutique) Katie Crowley is changing the face of beauty. (Source: Blush Albany Boutique)
Katie Crowley (Source: WALB) Katie Crowley (Source: WALB)
Julie Hall (Source: WALB) Julie Hall (Source: WALB)
Kate Henry (Source: WALB) Kate Henry (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A south Georgia woman with Down Syndrome is changing the face of beauty. 

It all started with a dream to become a model.

But Katie Crowley, 30, is so much more, thanks to a local boutique and Easter Seals Southern Georgia. 

Katie is a natural.

"They dress me up, I look good, and I work it," she said. 

Katie has Down Syndrome, but she doesn't let her disability put a dent in her confidence.

Katie has been a part of the Easter Seals Southern Georgia organization for 13 years now. 

It's a group centered around serving people with disabilities in southwest Georgia.

"Easter Seals Southern Georgia is working on a project called, 'Making Dreams Come True,'" said Director of Day Services Julie Hall. "And all of our participants have given us specific dreams."

Katie's dream? Well it's obvious.

"I contacted Kate, the owner of Blush, and asked Kate if we could make that dream come true," said Hall. "And that's where Blush came in. She immediately replied to me and said, 'Yes, let's get this going.' And within the week we had her in the store and she was working her magic."

Blush Owner Kate Henry said they've never received such an overwhelmingly positive response from photos on their page before. 

"Often times you see models on TV that are perfect, and we want to show that that's not the only beauty in the world and we thought that it would be great to start with Katie," she said.

And Katie said this is just the beginning.

She hopes her confidence inspires people who may have disabilities that they can achieve their dream no matter what.

"I hope one day, they can look up to me and be exactly how I am right now," said Katie. 

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