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Samantha Stevens takes to the runway

When Michelle Sie Whitten established the Global Down Syndrome Foundation five years ago, her mission was to give a face to those within the community. And there’s hardly a more glamorous way to move into the spotlight than to don beautiful clothes and take to the catwalk. Of course, including a bevy of famous friends doesn’t hurt either.

“As a philanthropist, I go to a lot of charity events and [notice that] the people that are being served are often invisible,” Whitten said. She went on to create what has become the largest fund-raiser for Down syndrome in the nation, the annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show.

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