Madeline has Down syndrome and is hoping through modelling to change in how people view beauty and people with disabilities.
“Here I come New York. So excited,” the 18-year-old posted on her Facebook account on Thursday afternoon.
FTL Moda is partnering with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help models with disabilities. Rebekah Marine, a 28-year-old American with a bionic arm, is also taking part. “Beautiful Madeline will brighten up the runway,” FTL Moda announced on Facebook in August.
Madeline has inspired thousands through her social media posts, generating more than 466,000 likes on her Facebook page and messages of support from as far as Canada and the Netherlands. Mother Roseanne Stuart says Madeline always loved the spotlight and after attending a fashion parade last year, decided she wanted to model.
After struggling with her weight most of her life, she went on a healthy eating kick and lost almost 20kg.
Mrs Stuart then created her Facebook page in a bid to help her daughter chase her dreams.
“Within a week her photos were viral. So many people said she was an inspiration. She gave people hope that their children living with Down syndrome would achieve anything they set their mind to,” she said on a post this week on Madeline’s website.
Since then, Madeline has walked the New York catwalk for auto immune awareness, become the face of cosmetic company Glossigirl and has even had a bag named after her.
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