‘She is shouting out that beauty is everywhere and in everyone’: Model with Down syndrome, 21, walks in eight shows at New York Fashion Week – including one for her own label – Daily Mail

At just 21 years of age Madeline Stuart has rubbed shoulders with some of the fashion industry’s best, shooting for the likes of Marie Claire, Moda Magazine and Vogue.

And this week the Brisbane-born model with Down syndrome flew to New York for her sixth season of fashion week – walking in more shows than she ever has before.

‘It’s been both exhilarating and rewarding. Maddy has walked in seven shows here and has shown her own collection 21 Reasons Why which was received with excitement and favour,’ her mother Rosanne Stuart told FEMAIL.

‘It has been great to see so many international designers embracing Madeline and other models with diversity, be it Down syndrome or transgender… there is a great feeling of unity in New York this year.’

Madeline, who rose to prominence after shedding 23 kilos and becoming the world’s first professional catwalk model with Down syndrome, walked for Burning Guitars, Femata Couture and House of Byfield.

She also strutted her stuff for Rhutu Bhonslé, Duane Topping and Luluetgigi.

The designers were enamoured by her presence at the shows, explaining how they were excited to have a world-class model on their shores.

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