The 18-year old Australian model Madeline Stuart, who has Down syndrome, will be walking the catwalk at the New York Fashion Week in September. NY Fashion Week is one of the biggest, most famous fashion events of the year.
Madeline will be joining top local models Abbey Lee Kershaw, Jessica Hart and Miranda Kerr in displaying their beauty at the NYFW.
She hopes to follow in the footsteps of her idol, model and actress Jamie Brewer, who also suffers from Down syndrome, being the first model with this inconvenience to be cast for NYFW. It seems that at the present, the Brisbane-located redhead’s wish will come true.
She will be representing two fashion campaigns – the first one is for the company Manifesta, with athletic wear, and the second regarding everMaya, the eco handbag brand. She must be really excited about being the face of these acclaimed brands.
Roseanne, Madeline’s mother, said that this step in her career would boost her to a new level. She is aware of the fact that Jamie Brewer, the now very popular American Horror Story actress who has the same disorder, achieved walking the catwalk in February, however, she’s more of a movie star than a model, whereas Madeline’s career revolves around modeling, so this will be a significant platform for her.
FTL Moda made the announcement on Facebook, stating that they announced with pride and maximum joy Madeline Stuart’s participation at NYFW, SS2016 presentation. They advised the general public and fashion enthusiasts to stay tuned as Madeline would shine with joy at the Vanderbilt Hall on September 13th, 2015.
everMaya’s president, Damian Graybelle, reported their thrill of working with talented Madeline on their latest national advertisement campaign. everMaya supports diversity and inclusion and is eager to provide equal opportunities for those who begin life with presupposed barriers to success.
Roseanne Stuart added that Madeline had dreamed of this moment for a while and did not stop pursuing it until she achieved what she wanted, on her own effort and merit. Despite that her doctors said Madeline would not achieve anything, this only fuelled her will of succeeding in life and in her career.
Moreover, Madeline stated on Facebook that
“modelling will help change [society’s] view of people with Down Syndrome,” and that “exposure will help to create acceptance.”
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