Madeline Stuart didn't get her modeling career in a typical way, but that isn't slowing her down one bit.
Stuart, who is 21-years-old, initially came into the spot light when she lost 50 pounds and her mother posted a before and after photos on Instagram. When the encouraging photos went viral Stuart told her mother she wanted to pursue her dream of being a model. Now, three years later, Stuart has successfully walked in over 60 shows for New York Fashion Week, London and Paris.
She has modeled for Nonie, House of Byfield, and Lulu et Gigi. In addition to being in front of the camera, Stuart also has her own clothing line, 21 Reasons Why.
Stuart's mother Roxanne, who manages her daughters career is making sure her daughter gets paid. As an advocate for diversity she says:
I won't let her walk unless she gets treated like every other model out there. Madeline doesn't do it for free. It's not creating diversity and helping to change the world if we don't do it like everybody else does.
Australian model with Down Syndrome, Madeline Stuart, is breaking down barriers and changing the face of the modeli… https://t.co/EWzLeRLYwz— 🟣 Joselin Mane (@🟣 Joselin Mane) 1536422465.0
Get to know Madeline Stuart, the model with Down Syndrome who's been SLAYING at #NYFW https://t.co/ZsPf5WQW2a https://t.co/mSqYSH9JCD— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) 1536771619.0
So far this month, Madeline Stuart has walked in five fashion shows during New York Fashion Week https://t.co/Slmb1WyXL2— Globalnews.ca (@Globalnews.ca) 1537152070.0
Madeline Stuart just finished her 6th season at #NewYorkFashionWeek! #NYFW https://t.co/jDpUtCJycj https://t.co/dVpyro2AjD— Community Inclusion (@Community Inclusion) 1536763598.0
My interview with a very inspiring model with Down's syndrome, @Madeline_Stuart who is walking in London Fashion We… https://t.co/RK32aHORzc— Anna Behrmann (@Anna Behrmann) 1537015994.0
Meet Aussie @Madeline_Stuart , the world’s first professional model with Down syndrome! ✨ #sun7 https://t.co/0qV187Tse3— Sunrise (@Sunrise) 1535497407.0
"I deserve to be treated the same as every other model. I work as hard as anyone else." https://t.co/2fGKy89Emf— Teen Vogue (@Teen Vogue) 1536793205.0
Twitter is throwing their support behind Stuart.
@TeenVogue @addiemarie02 Thank you for sharing the love @TeenVogue— Madeline Stuart (@Madeline Stuart) 1537220299.0
@TeenVogue 😍Awesome. Hope your dreams come true.— KL (@KL) 1537227586.0
@TeenVogue Good for her!— JohnnyTorres (@JohnnyTorres) 1536795067.0
@TeenVogue Can’t wait to see more Madeline!— jillian (@jillian) 1537234208.0
@TeenVogue Bravo! Well said 👏— Sheila McAlister (@Sheila McAlister) 1537219225.0
@TeenVogue Make it happen!! 💕💕💕— Lauren. ♡ (@Lauren. ♡) 1537269803.0
@TeenVogue "I work as hard as anyone else"? I suspect she has had to work a lot harder. You go girl!!! https://t.co/fRDsDDhMPY— Shonx🇦🇺🏳️🌈 (@Shonx🇦🇺🏳️🌈) 1537268908.0
Honest pay for honest work. That's how it should always be.