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Madeline Stuart Won New York Fashion Week

September 17, 2015

Among all the 6ft tall, size 6 models on the New York Fashion Week catwalks, there was Madeline Stuart – a model with Down’s syndrome making her debut.

The 18-year-old from Brisbane, Australia, is fighting to change the fashion world’s perception of beauty.
And she looked right at home on the runaway as she walked for FTL Moda’s SS16 collection.

Madeline has been hailed an inspiration for her determination to become a high-fashion model and to get the industry to celebrate differences rather than a fixed idea of what a model should look like.

She said she loves clothes and was “so happy” to be on the catwalk in New York, adding: “I want to help more people feel good about themselves.”

Interest in Madeline in the fashion world is growing and next year she’ll be walking for designers in Toyko and Milan fashion weeks.

On her Facebook page she says: “I hope through modelling I can change society’s view of people with disabilities, exposure is creating awareness, acceptance and inclusion.”

All attention seemed to be on Madeleine at the FTL Moda show as she sauntered down the catwalk in a halter top and shorts set, and later an intricate floor-length gown.

She’s also big on Instagram.

Follow Madeline’s modelling journey on Twitter or visit her website.

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