The 21 year old model from Brisbane has turned her big ambition into an inspiring success story.
Since starting her modelling career in 2015, Madeline Stuart has walked six seasons on the New York Fashion Week catwalk, as well as appearing at Paris fashion week, London fashion week and other high profile fashion events around the world. She’s the first professional model with Down syndrome.
Her runway history is impressive, but this strawberry-blonde stunner is more than a pretty face. Stuart uses her unique position to tackle inequality in the fashion world and promote diversity in the workplace. She has challenged how people perceive individuals with disabilities and proved that nothing can stand in the way of a person on a mission.
Alongside her modelling career, Stuart manages to manage her own fashion label, 21 Reasons Why, and run a dance studio in her home city of Brisbane. She’s appeared in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Women’s Weekly, the New York Times, Elle, Marie Claire, People and Cleo.
She’s one of the most impressive young Australian’s around, even before you add the extra difficulty of doing so with a disability. The fashion industry is notoriously difficult to break in to, yet nothing has been able to stop Stuart.
And she is getting recognition for her hard work. Stuart was nominated for the Pride of Australia and Young Australian of the Year Awards in 2015 and 2016, and was named Model of the Year for 2016 by World Fashion Media.
Stuart’s family is behind her. They’ve learned the ropes of the fashion world and helped the young model change attitudes and live her dream.
“She just loves the catwalk. She is just in the zone at all times. She just gets in there, gets into hair and makeup and is excited,” her mother said in conversation with WWD.
Stuart has got more modelling work booked in all over the world, and it doesn’t look like she’ll be slowing down any time soon.