A 24-year-old Missouri woman has become the first American model with Down syndrome to represent a skincare line, according to KTVI ABC8.
Grace Strobel of Chesterfield, Mo., is representing the worldwide brand Obagi, that promotes “skinclusion” ” – meaning it supports the International Cultural Diversity Organization and Project Implicit, highlighting the need to appreciate cultural diversity and recognize unconscious bias.
Linda Strobel (Grace’s mother) wrote to Jaime Castle, the president of Obagi. She expressed to Castle that “People with disabilities are not represented. Would you consider Grace as one of your models?” Linda said “We have this huge population of people with disabilities that are often very invisible, and they want to be seen, they want to be heard, they want to be represented as part of the population.”
The letter received a positive response from Castle. “When [Castle] got the letter, she was ecstatic. She walked down the hall