Written By: Liz Connor 9/7/15
Labels Manifesta and everMaya have named the Australian 18-year-old as the face of their latest campaigns.
Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model with Down’s syndrome, made headlines and won hearts earlier this year when she launched a campaign to become a professional model and change the stigma around the disability.
Back in May, she shared her remarkable 18-month weight transformation, aiming to encourage others to begin focusing on their health too.
Just two months later, the budding model has shown the world that Down’s syndrome is no reason to hold her back by landing not one, but two contracts – with both fitness brand Manifesta and lifestyle label everMaya.
Manifesta took to their website to explain why they had chosen Madeline as the face of their upcoming collection:
“If you’re like us, you’ve heard the name Madeline Stuart quite a bit over the past few months. And if you’re like us, you’re incredibly excited about how she’s changing the face of modeling.
For years Madeline has fought against the struggles, both internal and external, that go along with Down’s syndrome. Through dance, swimming, and cheerleading she has worked to strengthen her heart and body, and through her modeling career, she has forced many to reconsider the conventional standards of beauty.”
The brand, which designs clothing for all sizes and promotes body-positive campaigns 18-year-old represent all the different types of women’s beauty.
In a recent interview, Madeline stated, “I want to inspire business professionals to employ people with disabilities as they will bring something so deep and beautiful to the work environment.”
Already the news has spread across Madeline’s 39.2k Instagram followers and 385k fans on Facebook, where uplifting messages of positivity and congratulations have been posted by her growing fan base.
Madeline’s story is just one of many that are helping to change the face of the modelling industry. Earlier this year, American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer became the first actress with Down’s syndrome to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. And in in 2013, 17-year-old Down’s syndrome model Karrie Brown appeared in a Wet Seal campaign.