Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model with Down syndrome, first went viral earlier this year after her stunning photos were posted on Facebook. Since then, Stuart and her mom Rosanne have been fielding international modeling requests. Most recently, Stuart signed to walk in New York Fashion Week with MODA in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation. She has also been working with handbag company EverMaya and will be the face of a new line of handbags (all named after her!) launching Friday.
Her mother couldn’t be prouder, but not just because of her success:
It’s not about the modeling for me. It’s about my daughter being happy. This is about showing the world how easy it is to talk to someone with an intellectual disability, how easy it is to walk up to someone and make them realize they’re the same! Like she said to me a minute ago, “Mum, hug,” and I jumped into bed and gave her a hug. I put down my work and gave her a hug because that’s what she wanted in that moment and that’s what I cherish. You don’t always get those moments. (Read More at Bristol’s Blog)