This 18-Year-Old With Down Syndrome Just Won Model of the Year, and This Is Why
Madeline Stuart didn't just wake up to a phone call, inviting her to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. The inspiring 18-year-old with Down syndrome worked for her dream. While Maddy released a series of stylish images that seemed to go viral overnight, posing for that camera took a lot of practice, in addition to a brand-new diet and exercise regimen.
But it seemed Maddy was just what the industry needed. After fronting numerous campaigns and getting her own namesake bag, Maddy showed off three looks in this season's FTL Moda presentation and finished up her Fashion Month by receiving the Mélange Model of the Year award.
While Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are racking up the Instagram followers, Maddy is racking up the love on her own social media pages and sending out a very important message: anyone can be beautiful. Read on to learn what it takes to face the fashion world head on, straight from Maddy and her mother, Rosanne.