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Grace Strobel        

Model & Down Syndrome Advocate

Grace Strobel is a passionate Down syndrome advocate and role model. Strobel is a full-time model and speaker, giving powerful talks in front of audiences about ability awareness and inclusion. After a bullying incident in 2018 at high school, Strobel was inspired to start giving presentations to students about Down syndrome called #TheGraceEffect, explaining what it’s like to live a day in her life. She has been in 15 different magazines, with three cover stories, has spoken to over 3000 students about the harmful effects of bullying and was an ambassador for Be Strong Global, a national organization empowering youth to prevent bullying. Strobel's mission is to continue, through her modeling and speaking, the campaign of acceptance and the illumination of gifts and talents of all people.


Grace Strobel Knows How Good Her Skin Looks
Grace Strobel's advice for everyone is simple: "Be confident. Believe in yourself. Work hard, and don't give up. Just go on." However, society-at-large has historically made people like her feel like they can't do any of those things. As the first model with Down syndrome to be the face of an American skin-care brand, the 24-year-old is ready and willing to prove doubters wrong and celebrate herself and others with disabilities.
Model with Down syndrome shares an inspiring message of kindness and respect
A young woman with Down syndrome is following her dream of being a model, and inspiring countless others in the process. When Grace Strobel, 23, was born with Down syndrome, a genetic counselor told her parents about all the things she would struggle with, from reading and writing to tying her shoes. But her parents wanted to focus on their daughter’s potential, not just her limitations.
This Down Syndrome Activist Is Helping Students Learn How to Treat Others With Respect
When model, speaker, and Down syndrome advocate Grace Strobel was bullied in high school in 2018, she felt alone and hated by her classmates. "I cried so hard I couldn't stop. I died inside," the now 24-year-old tells HelloGiggles. Yet while she could have let that situation defeat her, she instead decided to use it as inspiration to make a difference in others' lives.
Model with Down syndrome spreads powerful message through stunning photos
When bullies teased about her differences, Grace Strobel wasn’t going to take it sitting down. She decided to fight hate with education. With the help of her mother, she spent weeks researching and organizing a presentation aptly titled #TheGraceEffect which she presented to her peers.

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