In order for you to become a model, you must have good looks and a stunning, sexy body. People who don’t have those qualifications don’t really intend to pursue a modeling career, even if they want to. But that is not the case for 18-year-old Australian model Madeline Stuart. She has a Down syndrome, but she didn’t let her illness get in the way in pursuing her dream to become a model.
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Stuart stands to be an example for people who are a bit different. She wants to prove to the world that despite physical differences, all people are equal. She hopes for others to accept, love, and show kindness to those who have genetic disorders like her.
Madeline landed her first major modeling contract and announced that she’s going to walk in the New York Fashion Week with MODA in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation this fall. She will be with American actress Jamie Brewer, who also has a Down syndrome.
When asked what she wanted people to learn from her daughter’s work, Madeline’s mother, Rosanne told Cosmo, said, “The modeling is fun and everything, but it’s just a vehicle to get the message out. I think that’s why she’s done so well, is because this isn’t about us. It’s about the fight for all the people out there that are a bit different that need to be loved.”