Madeline Stuart, a stunning 18-year-old model with Down syndrome, has secured an advertising campaign with body-positive fitness clothing brand, Manifesta.
Back in May, the Australian teen was winning hearts with her inspirational weight loss story, her stunning modelling photos and her moving mission: to shatter society's ridged beauty standards and its views of people with Down syndrome.
Stuart lost 40 pounds after getting into sports, including swimming, cheerleading and dance, and by making healthier lifestyle choices. With her newfound confidence and happiness, she took to Facebook to share her story in hopes of motivating others to do the same.
After her story and photos went viral, Stuart began receiving calls to model for accessory, makeup and fashion brands, including Manifesta, which designs athletic wear for women of all shapes. The brand has also replaced numerical sizes with flower names. She can be seen modelling the brand's fitness clothing here:
"I think it is time people realized that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated," Stuart's mother Roseanne told BuzzFeed Life in May. She recalled doctors telling her that Stuart would never achieve anything.
Earlier this year, "American Horror Story" star Jamie Brewer became the first actress with Down syndrome to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. And in in 2013, 17-year-old Karrie Brown, who also has Down syndrome, modelled for a Wet Seal campaign.
We cannot wait to see more of Stuart!
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