How Model Madeline Stuart Is Changing The Fashion World, One Campaign At A Time

Caroline Leaper
Madeline Stuart
Sarah Houston Photography

Madeline Stuart, an 19 year-old Australian model with Down’s Syndrome, has landed yet another big fashion campaign, making new waves in the industry and prompting hundreds of lovely comments on social media.

The latest dream job she’s landed is modelling bridal wear for designer Sarah Houston - and she looks absolutely stunning in the shots.

Changing people’s perceptions of disability, and reminding retailers, quite crucially, that anyone and everyone can love and shop for fashion, Madeline’s work is really breaking boundaries in an industry that can brand anyone without a thigh gap as ‘imperfect’.

‘Maddy really wants to change the way people discriminate against disability through gaining attention through social media,’ Madeline’s mum wrote on her website.

‘She wants people to know that Down Syndrome is a blessing, something to be celebrated. She loves the camera! People need to see how she shines, how her personality just bursts out.’

Madeline became the world’s first professional adult model with Down’s Syndrome last year and credits her love of dancing for keeping her in shape.

Her CV is building up pretty fast - she just conquered the runway at New York Fashion Week for a second season, modelling for FTL Moda, plus has already landed gigs as the face of an activewear brand Manifesta and GotGlam cosmetics.

As the entire fashion industry is calling for more diversity on the catwalk (be that race, size or anything else) and a better representation of real life, and the real people who actually buy clothes, with we can think of no better leader than Madeline to front the revolution. 


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