There have been a lot of strides made to redefine beauty standards, primarily when it comes to the size of models we see in print and on the runway. But Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old aspiring model from Brisbane, Australia is working to break down even more barriers.
Madeline, who has Down Syndrome, recently lost 40 pounds after struggling with her weight for years and has since started modeling. She’s already snagged a couple of campaigns, one with athleticwear brand Manifesta and the other with a handbag company called everMAYA, and hopes to change the way people think about those with Down Syndrome and what they're capable of.
She’s also building up her social media presence with close to 400 thousand likes on Facebook, 41 thousand followers on Instagram, and two thousand on Twitter (of which she can count Karlie Kloss as a follower).
Madeline joins the ranks of inspiring people with Down Syndrome making moves in the entertainment industry. In February, Jamie Brewer, an actress with Down Syndrome best known for her role on "American Horror Story" walked down the runway at New York Fashion Week and Target featured a toddler with Down Syndrome in one of its ads. With campaigns and worldwide news coverage already under her belt, we imagine this won't be the last we hear from Madeline.