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Words by Colette Carr

Northern Ireland’s Kate Grant has become a brand ambassador for international cosmetics firm Benefit, becoming one of their latest in their tribe of ‘Wing Women’.

The 20-year-old with Down’s syndrome from county Tyrone, won the Teen Ultimate Beauty Of The World pageant which shot her into prominence as she carves her modelling career out in the beauty industry.

With Benefit, who can be found on counters in over 2000 shops in more than 30 countries, saying they are, “so pleased to have her as one of our Wing Women,” Kate’s mum has praised her daughter’s latest gig as a brilliant feat for inclusion and believes she can pave the way.

Deirdre Grant told ITV: “She is paving the way for people coming behind her.

“She is aware of that and wants to spread awareness about inclusion for people with disabilities and that is what she has done from the very start. She is aware that she is able to do that in a way some of her friends cannot. She is using her voice for them.

“She has a great drive to be a supermodel. I love her optimism and as her mum I would always be there to support her in that optimism. She would say Down’s Syndrome does not define me – I am Kate.”

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