Inspiring 18-Year-Old Model With Down Syndrome Will Walk at Fashion Week

Madeline Stuart is changing the fashion world in a big way.

The 18-year-old Australian model with Down syndrome is the face of a new fashion brand, and is showing that everyone has the ability to chase their dreams — even those with disabilities.

Stuart is the face of everMaya, a new handbag brand, whose handbags are handmade and imported from Guatemala. 

Most recently, Stuart announced she will walk in New York Fashion Week with MODA, in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation, Cosmopolitan reports


Loving my bag and the water on my feet.

A photo posted by Madeline Stuart (@madelinesmodelling_) on

"Madeline has external beauty — Down syndrome or not," Damian Graybelle, co-founder of the Rochester, N.Y.-based brand, told "But secondly, she captures inner beauty, which is something the everMaya brand is all about."

According to a report, Graybelle was extremely inspired by her story.

"You have a young girl who wants to become a model, and instead of her mom dismissing this as a teenage fantasy, they hire a personal trainer, she loses 50 pounds," Graybelle said in a TODAY.COM report. "She is so inspiring and she epitomizes all those ideals about what real beauty is, not superficial beauty, real beauty that is more than skin-deep. The fact that she happens to be gorgeous is just a plus."

Stuart is also being noticed by other brands. She was recently hired to model for Manifesta, a women's activewear brand. 


My modelling gig with Manifesta. Love this brand.

A photo posted by Madeline Stuart (@madelinesmodelling_) on

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