Missouri woman is first American model with Down syndrome representing a skincare line

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

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Perla Health Wants To Demystify Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Which Affects 1 In 10 Women

Like many categories in the women’s health space, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) has been grossly under researched, underfunded and underserved. Yet 1 in 10 women suffer from this chronic condition, which can lead to several different symptoms, including weight gain, infertility, unwanted body hair, acne and depression. The complexity that surrounds this condition often delays diagnosis and confuses patients. Perla Health wants to reinvent PCOS care by providing women with an open and transparent educational space. 

The London-based startup officially launches today after a very active and engaged PCOS awareness month. Perla Health is the brainchild of Kathrin Folkendt, who is the founder of Femtech Insider — a platform that publishes Femtech-related news, shares databases, reports and job openings in the space, and spotlights useful products and services for women. . 

“I have PCOS myself, so the company’s mission is very close to my

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