The world of modeling has exploded in the last few years as fashionistas, designers and the models themselves have made a huge push to redefine a new era of beauty, and Madeline Stuart, an Australian teenager with Down syndrome, wants to help carry that new banner of standards down the runway.
The 18-year-old is ready to prove to the world that instead of viewing her disability as a setback, she sees it as a gift.
But Maddy wasn’t always so confident. The teen, who absolutely loves swimming and dancing, used to suffer from weight issues (not uncommon amongst the Down syndrome community,) but recently lost over 44lbs by changing some of her habits with the help of her mother, Rosanne. After discovering her newfound confidence and healthier lifestyle Madeline decided that she also wanted try her hand at modeling.
After Madeline released some glamour shots she had taken onto the internet, it didn’t take long for her to start receiving worldwide attention through social media. In a week and a half she garnered over 100,000 Facebook fans, and soon after she even started getting attention from different labels like the Living Dead, whose image prides itself on celebrating many different body types.
Madeline’s mother couldn’t be more proud of her, and has encouraged her every step of the way.
“She really wants to change the way people discriminate against disability,” said Maddy’s mother to the DailyMail. “People with Down syndrome can do anything, they just do it at their own pace. Give them a chance and you will be rewarded beyond your greatest expectations.”
Meet Maddy, a spunky Australian teenager with Down syndrome ready to take the modeling world by storm.