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Teen With Down Syndrome Will Walk At New York Fashion Week
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Teen With Down Syndrome Will Walk At New York Fashion Week

When we last wrote about Madeline Stuart, the 18-year-old Australian model with Down syndrome, she had just landed her first major modeling contract. Now, this talented young lady has announced that she’s going to walk in the New York Fashion Week with MODA in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation this fall. Stuart will be the second model with Down syndrome, after Jamie Brewer, to participate in the event.

“I would just like people to accept, love, and show kindness,” Madeline’s mother Rosanne told Cosmo, when asked what she wanted people to take away from her daughter’s work. “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 fighting the fight for all the people out there that are a bit different that need to be loved.”

More info: madelinestuart.comFacebook | Instagram | Twitter (h/t: cosmopolitan)

Madeline is an 18-year-old with Down syndrome who always wanted to be a model

She decided to lose 44lbs (20kg) to keep healthy, and began to pursue her dream

Madeline got her first break earlier this year when she signed with modelling agency Manifesta

And then came the big news: she would walk in the New York Fashion Week this fall

“The world was ready,” says Madeline’s mom Rosanne

“The world wants to be inclusive, it just hasn’t had anyone on such a platform that they were able to do it easily”

“Imagine in 10 years what society will be like for people with disabilities”

“Everyone’s going to want that friend to teach them what true love is”

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LindaBekkemellem
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What bothers me about this, is that they let her try as a model BECAUSE she has Downs, and people are afraid not to be inclusive or whatever. Have any of you given a thought to all the people out there who wants to be models, but have too much body weight, or not the right face? Do they get to try, simply because they are enthusiastic and have "a great personality and a beautiful heart"? Nah. Because they don't have Downs. Seriously people, if we are going to be inclusive, we should include EVERYONE and give EVERYONE who wants to a chance. Not only those who have special disabilities.

KateMoseley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok hold the phone. Dove for example has started using models of all sizes, this website has posted loads of articles on "how clothing looks on all body types", and there are plenty of stores that have plus size clothing that use plus size models. There is a huge movement for including models without photoshop and with different body sizes. No she didn't get this position because she has downs syndrome. My friend has down syndrome and she isn't a model even if she wants to be. Madeline worked hard to move into this position. She does not look like the average model and that is what should be encouraged. Yes she has a disability, but she is breaking the "normal" model mold. You are completely right that if we are going to be inclusive EVERYONE should have a chance, but sadly an idea that progressive cannot happen all at once. If one person is being included in this industry, (be it disability, weight, race, or gender) that is a step in the right direction for everyone having a chance.

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MarkusMuellner
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If a woman with Down Syndrome works very hard to be fit and lean and then becomes a model she is an inspiration to others. If a woman without Down Syndrome works very hard to be fit and lean and then becomes a model she is an example of an unrealistic body image that makes women feel bad. Think about that one for a sec.

YeiJongInLecter
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is pure logic. There is sympathy towards disabilities because it makes people feel better about being ' good'. 'Normal' people doesn't feel threatened by the standar this girl is setting, makes them dream about ' oh, maybe I'm not that bad/ugly/unlucky,etc. afteall. I have a chance'; and that's not realistic. With that said, I think Madeline IS A GOOD MODEL. Look at her pictures, they convey beauty, they have nice angles, there is an intention. She is doing her job the rigth way, and that is really inclusive. Who knows if she is the first girl with Down Syndrome who tries to be a model, maybe there were some before and they didn't got to do it cause they couldn't do the job.

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MadiWeekes
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is so beautiful and her story is amazing I would love to meet her not because she is famous but because of her pure character

Mark1
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do you know anything about her character?

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LindaBekkemellem
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What bothers me about this, is that they let her try as a model BECAUSE she has Downs, and people are afraid not to be inclusive or whatever. Have any of you given a thought to all the people out there who wants to be models, but have too much body weight, or not the right face? Do they get to try, simply because they are enthusiastic and have "a great personality and a beautiful heart"? Nah. Because they don't have Downs. Seriously people, if we are going to be inclusive, we should include EVERYONE and give EVERYONE who wants to a chance. Not only those who have special disabilities.

KateMoseley
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok hold the phone. Dove for example has started using models of all sizes, this website has posted loads of articles on "how clothing looks on all body types", and there are plenty of stores that have plus size clothing that use plus size models. There is a huge movement for including models without photoshop and with different body sizes. No she didn't get this position because she has downs syndrome. My friend has down syndrome and she isn't a model even if she wants to be. Madeline worked hard to move into this position. She does not look like the average model and that is what should be encouraged. Yes she has a disability, but she is breaking the "normal" model mold. You are completely right that if we are going to be inclusive EVERYONE should have a chance, but sadly an idea that progressive cannot happen all at once. If one person is being included in this industry, (be it disability, weight, race, or gender) that is a step in the right direction for everyone having a chance.

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MarkusMuellner
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If a woman with Down Syndrome works very hard to be fit and lean and then becomes a model she is an inspiration to others. If a woman without Down Syndrome works very hard to be fit and lean and then becomes a model she is an example of an unrealistic body image that makes women feel bad. Think about that one for a sec.

YeiJongInLecter
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is pure logic. There is sympathy towards disabilities because it makes people feel better about being ' good'. 'Normal' people doesn't feel threatened by the standar this girl is setting, makes them dream about ' oh, maybe I'm not that bad/ugly/unlucky,etc. afteall. I have a chance'; and that's not realistic. With that said, I think Madeline IS A GOOD MODEL. Look at her pictures, they convey beauty, they have nice angles, there is an intention. She is doing her job the rigth way, and that is really inclusive. Who knows if she is the first girl with Down Syndrome who tries to be a model, maybe there were some before and they didn't got to do it cause they couldn't do the job.

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MadiWeekes
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is so beautiful and her story is amazing I would love to meet her not because she is famous but because of her pure character

Mark1
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How do you know anything about her character?

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