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This 18 Year Old Australian Model with Down Syndrome is Changing the Modelling World



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18-year-old Madeline Stuart has recently gained recognition as one of the many diverse faces of beauty. A few days ago we shared a photo of plus-size model Tess Holiday who wants to show the diverse beauty of body types; and now we have young Maddy whose modelling career is raising awareness for those with Down Syndrome.

Diagnosed with Down Syndrome at an early age, Madeline had a long weight-loss struggle and wanted to showcase her new trim figure with a new career path. She also wanted to shine a light on the beauty of individuals in the Down Syndrome community. According to what Maddy wrote on her Facebook page – “Modeling will help change society’s view of people with Down Syndrome, [and] exposure will help to create acceptance in life“.

The young model has been signed to the Living Dead clothing brand to help model their pieces. See some photos of her below;

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We love inspiring stories like this that help us realize that beauty really goes beyond the glass ceiling.

Photo Credit: Madeline’s Modelling (Facebook)


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  1. lala

    May 20, 2015 at 5:18 am

    bless her and all down syndrome kids esp. my lil bro. Amen!

  2. bim

    May 20, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I can do all things through christ who strengthens me.

  3. chy

    May 20, 2015 at 7:59 am


  4. Xavier's

    May 20, 2015 at 8:46 am


  5. vivianmorh

    May 20, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I love this. God bless her

  6. Nike

    May 20, 2015 at 9:49 am

    This is what they call an inner beauty….. it radiates from within. God bless you dear.

  7. Alero

    May 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

    She is adorable! Lala, I say a big AMEN to that!

  8. Ayana

    May 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Very inspiring!……you can be anything you want to be ..just go for it!!!


    May 20, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    She looks really cute and her story is inspiring. This should push all of us to go out there and do our best!!! We are too legit to quit

  10. Melody

    May 21, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    So beautiful!

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