BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A teen from Australia managed to prove that a disease is not a label and that you can do virtually everything if you work hard enough. A fashion model with Down syndrome attends the FTL Moda Show in New York, thus fulfilling her long life dream of becoming a celebrated fashion model.
Madeleine Stuart is an 18-year old fashion model from Australia. Although the disease hasn’t looked kindly upon her, Madeleine managed to beat all odds by becoming a renowned fashion model. The teen from Australia will walk the runway along other fashion models on the 15th of February.
The young model from Australia is the second model who participates in the Fashion Week events. Even though Madeleine is nervous, it would seem that this is not the first time she participated in such an event. In fact, this is Madeleine’s second run on the famous fashion runaway.
During her appearances on the stage, the model from Australia managed to turn a few heads and to earn the respect of her colleagues. In a press interview, Stuart declared that she is using modelling to prove that having a disability isn’t necessarily the end of the road and that you work and dream and wish hard enough, everything is possible.
In a recent Facebook posts, Madeleine wrote that she hopes to change the society’s view on people who have disabilities. And the last stage performance proved that Madeleine had to work very hard in order to able to dazzle the audience.
This fact was confirmed by the same post on Facebook. According to Madeleine, in order to attend the fashion show she had to lose approximately 44 pounds. But that was a trifle for Madeleine, who dreams about a society in which labels are no longer needed.
Her mother, Roseanne Stuart, helps young Madeleine manage her image on social media platforms. Roseanne also declared that she is quite happy when she hears people saying that her daughter is a fashion model with Down syndrome. That way, she said, people become more aware of the disease and of the fact that a disability is not an excuse for failure.
The fashion model with Down syndrome attends the FTL Moda show, thus proving that you can aim high even in the face of adversity. We can’t say for sure what are Stuart’s plans for the future, but we can be certain that we will be hearing more from the fashion model.
Down syndrome is a genetic disorder, which usually occurs before the child is born. Children diagnosed with this disease have similar physical traits such as short neck and flat face. Although the disease if often mild, some children will experience intellectual disability.