The city of Collinsville proclaimed February 24 as "Karrie Brown Day."
The 17-year-old recently became the first model with Down syndrome to be hired by the California-based clothing store chain Wet Seal.
"One of the girls from corporate Wet Seal said 'where did she learn to do those modeling moves?' I said 'I have absolutely no idea,' they said, 'she's got a natural talent for it.'"
Brown got the gig with Wet Seal after her Facebook page received 11,000 likes in less than a week.
She can now be seen in a photo shoot in J-14 Magazine.
She'll also be walking the Red Carpet at the Pre-Oscar event in Los Angeles on Saturday.