ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Grace Strobel says her newest modeling gig "is a huge step forward for full diversity and inclusion for people with disabilities."
The 24-year-old St. Louis native just signed a deal with U.S. skincare brand Obagi to become the first model with Down syndrome to represent a skincare brand in the entire country.
She'll be their newest SKINCLUSION Ambassador and the face of the new Obagi Clinical Kinetin+ Exfoliating Cleansing Gel. The initiative is designed to help encourage inclusion, self-esteem and diversity, and elevate the global dialogue about diversity.
The news comes as we enter the month of October which is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
"I am very proud that I have Down syndrome and that I could turn pain into purpose and help others to believe in themselves," Strobel says. "Working with Obagi has been a dream come true because it gives me a voice. Through exposure, we can create change and break down barriers, fears and create understanding. It's about making people with disabilities feel valued and included. And Obagi is helping us to do that."
Strobel is a Down syndrome advocate, role model, model and public speaker who has presented her messaged of inclusion to thousands of students at over 100 schools.
You can learn more about her story and see her work at GraceStrobel.com.