Teen with Down syndrome becomes magazine model

Posted at 11:39 AM, Feb 25, 2014

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) -  Monday was "Karrie Brown Day" in Collinsville, Illinois. The teenager was honored after she made her modeling debut in a national magazine.

After the 17-year-old girl's Facebook page received 11,000 "likes" in less than a week, her favorite clothing store, Wet Seal, flew her to California to become their first model with Down syndrome.

"One of the girls from corporate Wet Seal said where did she learn to do those modeling moves? I said I have absolutely no idea, they said, she's got a natural talent for it," Karrie's mom Sue Brown said.

When Karrie was a week old, a doctor told Sue never to expect anything from her. More than 28,000 Facebook likes and a stint in a national magazine later, it's Sue who has the last laugh.

"They did a two page article on her which just kind of blew Karrie away, to see her picture in the same magazine with Ross Lynch and Selena Gomez and One Direction," Sue said.

Karrie will walk the red carpet at a pre-Oscar event on March 1.