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Mother aims to change definition of beauty

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PALOS PARK, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

The word beautiful can mean many different things to many different people.

One suburban mother and her little girl are attempting to change the way people define beauty.

"I have 5 boys and one baby girl," Katie Driscoll exclaimed.

Driscoll is a mother of six, turned photographer. When 4-year-old Grace was born, she decided to pick up a camera.

"Show us your moves," Driscoll told her daughter as she clicked away on her camera.

The camera loving little girl has down syndrome. Driscoll wanted to take pictures of her only daughter and share them with family and friends.

"The one thing I didn't want was pity. I didn't want them to feel sorry for us and I didn't want them to feel sorry for her," she said. "We're very, very happy that we had a little girl."

The more pictures she took, the more she realized how she never saw girls, like Grace, in mainstream advertising. So, she started a blog.

"I started reaching out to the community and asking families to share their children with me. And I would reach to vendors and ask for products. And from there it just continued to spiral," she added.

That led to a website she helped create called, "Changing the Face of Beauty," a campaign to showcase more kids like Grace.

The mom and daughter team were able to catch the attention of actress Tori Spelling. Grace was featured in Spelling's look book for her children's clothing line.

Driscoll's goal is for children like Grace to be seen as people and not just as people with disabilities.

"If advertisers got on board, they would communicate to our world that this population is capable. And once people see individuals with disabilities as capable, I mean the sky is the limit," she said.

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