It continues to be a whirlwind year for Madeleine Stuart, the young model from Australia with Down syndrome. Coming off the heels of her fashion campaigns and quickly growing social media following, Madeline has booked a New York Fashion Week gig with FTL Moda where she'll be walking the runway in September. The brand has a history with showcasing diversity on its runway, with their last show featuring the first male amputee to walk during NYFW.
Madeline follows in the footsteps of "American Horror Story" actress Jamie Brewer, who was the first model with Down syndrome to walk during New York Fashion Week this past winter. In addition to Maddy's runway debut, label EverMaya will release a line of handbags in her honor called "The Madeline."
Maddy's mom recently talked to Cosmo about her exciting new job, discussing the platform New York Fashion Week will give not only to her but to everyone with disabilities.
"The world wants to be inclusive, it just hasn't had anyone on such a platform that they were able to do it easily," she said. "I remember when I was a child at school, people were homophobic and things like that, and now it's cool to be gay! Imagine in 10 years what society will be like for people with disabilities. It's not going to be how it is now, it's going to be the norm. It's probably going to be cool to hang out with someone who has an intellectual disability because you know that they care more about emotions than they do about the materialistic world. Everyone's going to want that friend to teach them what true love is."