Down Syndrome model makes it to the catwalk – here’s how.
The world’s first Down Syndrome model has made it big time.
Australian model Madeline Stuart was born with Down Syndrome in 1996, and doctors warned her mother that life would be hard for both of them.
Little understand was around for the condition at the time, by Madeline has worked hard to fight for Down’s rights.
She has never let her condition get in the way of what she wants, and now she has a successful modelling career to show for it!
Her mother Rosanne spoke to CNN, saying:
“I have never been one to think the worst,”
“I just always believe everything will work out in the end if you have faith in yourself and the people you love. So, I would make sure Maddy had a wonderful life and that she always felt loved and protected. Our journey, of course, was full of ups and downs.”
Doctors told her mother that Madeline would likely never develop past that of a 10-year old.
On top of her Down Syndrome, Madeline has also battled with a heart condition, she has three holes in her heart.
A childhood spent in and out of hospitals and being told that she only had a 13% chance of living somehow spurred Madeline on.
Rosanne says she wanted the best for her daughter and didn’t see why her condition should hold her back.
“I wanted the world to change, and I wanted people to start seeing disabilities in a different light. Just because Maddy won’t end up being a scholar doesn’t mean she can’t offer amazing attributes to our society such as showing people love, accepting people for who they are and being kind. These are just as important as that ‘A’ on a report card, if not more important.”
In 2014 Rosanne took Madeline to a fashion show and her life changed forever.
Spurred on by the desire to become a model, Madeline changed her life and focused on healthy eating and furthering her modelling career.
After her first photo shoot went viral on Facebook, Madeline has since grazed the catwalks in New York, Paris and Los Angeles.
Talking to Shape magazine, Madeline says that the gym is her favorite place and spends an hour a day, 6 days a week working out.
“It’s the number-one thing she looks forward to every day. The moment she walks into the gym, she gets twenty hugs and twenty high-fives.”
Madeline says her success is down to the following tips-
1. Giving up her biggest guilty pleasure – McDonald’s.
2. Joining a dance studio
3. Making exercise a regular part of her routine
4. Tracking her progress through photos