An 18-year-old Australian model with Down Syndrome has landed two modeling gigs with American brands.
Madeline Stuart from Brisbane will be the new national models of US fitness brand Manifesta and lifestyle label everMaya.
The young model aims to redefine the stereotypes of the modeling, end the stigma against disabled people, and how the people define beauty.
“[Modeling] is a way to express myself when words don’t always come easy. Plus I get to embrace society and hopefully make people feel more comfortable around people with disabilities,” Stuart shared in an interview with blog site, Reviews Love em.
Madeline has a strong following on social media as she encourages people to love their inner beauty and inspire businesses to employ people with disabilities. She has over 400,000 fans on Facebook and close to 50,000 Instagram followers.
“I want to inspire young women and men to love their inner beauty and to realize with time that inner beauty and compassion is all that lasts and is what people really see us for,” she shared.
everMaya’s national campaign featuring the model will premiere on August 15 at the NY NOW trade show.
“We are absolutely thrilled to work with a talent like Madeline on our newest national ad campaign,” everMaya president Damian Graybelle shared in a statement. “All of us at everMaya feel very strongly about creating a brand that is rooted in a spirit of inclusion and providing opportunities for those who begin life with barriers to success. Our collaboration with Madeline reinforces the work we are doing with Education for the Children providing assistance to disadvantaged youth to overcome challenges and pursue their goals.”
Aside from modeling, Madeline also enjoys “playing sport, a lot of sport, or going to the gym as I love being active, and hanging out with my friends.”
She also hopes to model for Myer, Gucci, and Vanity Fair magazine someday.