Model with Down syndrome to walk runway in NYC Fashion Week – CBS News

Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model who has Down syndrome will take to the catwalk during fashion week this fall in New York Fashion Week. She posted her participation in the upcoming event on her Instagram account on Sunday.

Guess who is modelling in NY for NY fashion week xx

A photo posted by Madeline Stuart (@madelinesmodelling_) on Aug 11, 2015 at 5:30am PDT

She’ll model clothes with FTL MODA in association with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, according to Cosmopolitan. The company has previously featured models who were living with disabilities in past shows.

Stuart has also recently begun work with handbag company EverMaya, which will launch a line of the accessories named after her.

“She wanted this and she worked hard for it,” Stuart’s mother Rosanne told Cosmopolitan. “I’ve done everything I can on the business end to get her to this stage. Now it’s just her working her charm.”

Actress Jamie Brewer of “American Horror Story,” modeled for designer Carrie Hammer in February and was the first model with Down syndrome to participate in New York Fashion Week.

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