Models with Down syndrome walk with Hollywood stars

9NEWS @ 5. 11/13/2016

DENVER - A-list Hollywood stars are used to being in the spotlight, but at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show in Denver on Saturday, the models totally stole the show.

The event paired Hollywood talent and professional athletes with models with Down syndrome, who rocked the runway at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

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Hilary Swank, Matt Dillon, Jamie Foxx, and Queen Latifah joined sports icons like Peyton Manning for the largest fundraiser for Down Syndrome in the nation, which happened to be held in downtown Denver.

A familiar face among the stars? 9NEWS anchor Kim Christensen who emceed the event alongside Mario Lopez.

Foxx joined his sister, DeOndra Dixon, who has walked the runway for years now. And it was easy to see - she's an experienced pro.

It's safe to say the who family knows how to slay.

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Dixon walked alongside Queen Latifah who spoke about the importance of the Global Down Syndrome's cause.

Frank Stephens was awarded the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. He is an active spokesman for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Virginia.

President Obama described Stephens as a man who “writes eloquently about the pain and exclusion when others don’t accept you or treat you with the respect every human being deserves.”

For the fashion show newcomers, model Amanda Booth, joined by her son Micah, offered some advice to the models.

Peyton Manning didn't walk the red carpet - but he was all smiles on the runway.

Actor and Global Down Syndrome Foundation spokesperson John C. McGinley, who has a son with Down Syndrome said he's excited that the event keeps growing.

To date, the event has raised more than $12 million and attracted 1,200 guests.

The night was filled with touching moments you can see in the gallery below:

To hear from this year's ambassador, Louie Rotella IV, watch the video below:

To learn more, visit: http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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