"She will walk into a room and not judge anyone," says Madeline's mom. "I wish I could be more like my daughter."
Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model with Down syndrome, first went viral earlier this year after her stunning photos were posted on Facebook. Since then, Stuart and her mom Rosanne have been fielding international modeling requests. Most recently, Stuart signed to walk in New York Fashion Week with FTL MODA in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation. She has also been working with handbag company EverMaya and will be the face of a new line of handbags (all named after her!) launching Friday. Rosanne spoke to Cosmopolitan.com about how her daughter's modeling is changing people's perceptions about intellectual disabilities and what Madeline's impact on the world will be.
Congratulations on New York Fashion Week! What a big deal.
Yes! There's a lot of big deals happening at the moment, it's ridiculous!
What was your first reaction to hearing the NYFW news?
When we were asked to do New York Fashion Week, it didn't surprise me. I don't think anything really surprises me anymore. She's been asked to do a lot of stuff and I was hoping to she'd get asked to do NYFW but I assumed it would happen. I hope that doesn't sound too pretentious.
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