On September 13th, Madeline will be walking for the American label FTL Moda, in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation, at the age of 18.
This is how she officially broke the news:
As you can see, Madeline, a native of Brisbane, has had an extremely positive impact on social media (and society as a whole) since she was discovered in May. Since then, Madeline has nearly 450,000 fans on Facebook and 68.7 thousand followers on Instagram. Madeline will also be spearheading two new campaigns: serving as the face of accessories brand EverMaya, which has also introduced a line of handbags named after her (five percent of the sales will go to the National Down’s Syndrome Society), as well as contracting with activewear line Manifesta.
Madeline serves as a beacon of positivity for those with Down’s Syndrome, as well as a raiser of awareness for those who may look at those with Down’s Syndrome differently than other people. Madeline also combats other health problems (including three holes in her heart and a loose valve, all of which she manages with heart medication), while staying totally focused on her goal of helping other people who are considered different by society.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Madeline’s mother, Rosanna Stuart, said: “She’s done so well because this isn’t about us. It’s about fighting the fight for all the people out there that are a bit different. She can walk into a room and not judge anyone. I wish I could be more like my daughter.”
We wish more people could be like Madeline too – WYV Magazine congratulates you from the bottom of our hearts, Madeline, you represent EVERYTHING that we stand so proudly for!