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The model with Down Syndrome determined to change the face of beauty

2015-05-17 12:40:55

Madeline Stuart(Picture: Facebook)

This is 18-year-old Madeline Stuart, a model with Down Syndrome who is trying to change the face of beauty.

Last year Maddy, from Brisbane, in Queensland, decided to focus on her health and fitness to lose nearly one-and-a-half stone, weight gain she has linked to the genetic condition and problems with her heart.

She – along with help from her mother Rosanne – took control of her life and is determined to make it into the fashion industry to make a real difference.

Madeline Stuart(Picture: Facebook)

Rosanne said she tells her daughter every day how ‘amazing, smart, beautiful and wonderful’ she is.

Madeline Stuart(Picture: Facebook)

‘Maddy has never been selfish and worries about everyone. In basketball if someone on the opposite team falls over she will stop playing and help them up,’ she to the Daily Mail.

‘She is amazing, she is so beautiful, and she makes me feel so special. We will be driving in the car in the morning and she will just pick up my hand and kiss it and tell me she loves me and thanks me. Every morning she comes in and cuddles me to start the day.

Madeline Stuart(Picture: Facebook)

‘In the beginning Maddie struggled as she is very habitual, and was used to eating a lot so she had to break that cycle. I gave her a lot of support and in about two months she created new habits.’

Madeline Stuart(Picture: Facebook)

She was unable to do cartwheels or handstands due to her weight.

Maddy now swims five times a week, does cricket training with the special Olympics, cheerleads and does hip hop dancing with her group Bust a Move. In July Maddy will travel to LA to dance with her group.

Madeline Stuart(Picture: Facebook)

Maddy is now looking for a model agent to kickstart her career with the help of her best friend jamie Lea and her boyfriend Robbie.

Madeline Stuart(Picture: Facebook)

Her mother added: ‘People with Down syndrome can do anything, they just do it at their own pace. Give them a chance and you will be rewarded beyond your greatest expectations.

‘I think it is time people realised that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated.’

Source: metro.co.uk

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