‘Breaking Down Barriers’: World’s First Pageant Winner With Down Syndrome Is Inspiring Everyone

The name of 19-year-old Kate Grant is beginning to be recognized more and more as the young star has now won the Teen Ultimate Beauty Of The World competition, being the first to do so with Down syndrome.

Grant is being complimented by viewers for “breaking down barriers” and has been branded an “inspiration” by countless others.

Per Daily Mail:

Speaking on This Morning, Kate vowed to raise awareness of her condition and promote the ‘inclusion of young people with special needs’.

She then strutted down the catwalk to show off her model poses, before [anchor] Eamonn Holmes invited her to take part in the fashion segment.

The moment left viewers ‘in awe’ of the young model, and praised her for ‘breaking down barriers’.

Kate, who appeared on This Morning wearing her crown and sash from the pageant, said she loved the ‘bling’ of the competition.

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“This Morning” anchor Ruth Langsford asked the beauty queen what she wanted to achieve with her accumulated fame.

Grant responded by saying she wishes to raise “awareness for Down syndrome and disabilities, people with special needs.”

And, she added, “The inclusion of young adults, young children with special needs.”

As Daily Mail reports, Grants mother, Deidre, who also appeared on the show with her, admitted to having reservations about entering Kate into the pageant. Any hesitation was conquered by her daughter’s determination and resilience.

“Her aspiration to walk the catwalk was so strong I had to go with her, I had to support her in what she really had a passion for,” she said.

“It was always in the back of my mind that there would be a lot of negative feedback, but once Kate gets on the catwalk she brings something very special to the catwalk. She has a personality where she engages with the crowd, she oozes confidence.”

The teen’s appearance on the show was met with a number of raving fans online, Daily Mail reports:

Her appearance on This Morning was praised by viewers, with one tweeting: ‘What an amazing, beautiful lady Kate is.’

‘Kate is beautiful and so well spoken! Yes to more young women like this!’ another posted.

A third said: ‘I absolutely LOVE Kate. What an inspirational young lady. Showing disability doesn’t hold you back. She’s amazing.’

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