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Madeline Stuart & Global Down Syndrome Foundation

May 21 - June 03

Madeline Stuart

Madeline Stuart is a 22-year-old model from Brisbane, Australia most notably dubbed by the press as “the world’s most famous super model with Down syndrome”. This incredibly courageous, beautiful, and talented young woman has had astonishing success in the short time she has been modelling, and has captured media attention internationally.

With three simple words – “Mum, me model” – Madeline changed not only her own life but the lives of so many people with big dreams who didn’t fit the mold. It was late 2014 when Rosanne, Madeline’s mum, took her to a fashion parade where Madeline’s passion was born. With a wilful spirit and defined goal, Madeline continued on her fitness regime to address her weight, a struggle for most people with Downs syndrome.

Inspired and undoubtedly proud, Rosanne photo-documented her daughters journey. “It will take a lot of work and dedication but if you want to commit to this journey, I’m with you,” Rosanne told Madeline.

After losing 20kg, a massive amount for anyone, Rosanne posted before and after shots of Madeline online not only to show the dramatic results but also to encourage others. She knew Madeline’s story would resonate with people around the world. She wasn’t wrong.

Almost overnight, the post went viral. Madeline’s social media numbers grew, the photo was viewed over 6.8 million times and she began to hit global headlines with publications in Iceland, Germany, the US, Australia, Mexico, Cuba and the UK picking up her story.

Modelling offers followed soon after from big fashion labels and non-profits and it wasn’t long before she received her first offer to grace the runway in New York. Since then, Madeline hasn’t looked back.

Madeline has modelled in countless fashion shows including 5 seasons of New York Fashion Week, Runway Dubia, Caspian Fashion Week Russia and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week China, PFW, LFW and many more. She has been featured in prominent, international publications including Vogue, New York Times, Forbes and Ella also endorsing products including JBronze by Jennifer Hawkins, Weetbix, VP Wow and Flat Tummy Tea.

It is also important to Madeline to support those that support others. As such she supports a number of charities and non-profits including Multi Cap Foundation, Endeavour Foundation Australia, Silver Linings Project, Vets Intl, The DisABILITY Museum, The Carol Galvin Foundation, Kulture City, FUB Sweden, ‘ Inside Outside Dance, Buddy Walk NYC, the Special Olympics of New York and of course her favourite charity The Global Down Syndrome.

In 2015 Madeline was awarded the prestigious Model of the Year Award at international fashion show Melange in San Francisco, nominated for Pride of Australia and Young Australian of the Year Award for 2015 and 2016, named model of the year for 2016 by World Fashion Media, was awarded the advocacy award for her work in Uganda from Kulture City and received the Quincy Jones exceptional Advocacy award from Global Down syndrome in 2017. All of this while managing her Brisbane dance school ‘InsideOutside Dance’, participating in Special Olympic Games and launching her 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart fashion label, a fashionably casual chic RTW line. For the last 2 years her journey has also been captured by B-Reel Productions for a documentary to be released in late 2018. Yet to date one of her proudest moments was getting her 01 Working Visa for the USA making her the only person in history with an intellectual disability to do this. Not bad for someone only 3 years into building what has become an enviable career.

Madeline has a great sense of humour and a contagious smile. Not content with simply making a career, she continues a hectic touring schedule spreading the important messages of diversity, inclusion and acceptance. She exudes confidence and her warm and friendly nature endears her to even the hardest of crowds. She shares her story with the hopes of inspiring, encouraging and educating others, proudly changing society’s perception of people with disabilities one photo shoot at a time.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation's Mission, Vision and Values

Significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy.

Support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome to eradicate the medical and cognitive ill effects associated with Down syndrome.

Educate government organizations and society, and change legislation so that every person with Down syndrome:

-is protected against discrimination
-has access to evidence-based educational programs
-enjoys a comparable, fair share of funding from the Federal Government for research, medical care and educational programming
-is a valued member of society
-has access to evidence-based medical care
-has the opportunity to have a job and earn a decent wage without being disqualified for health benefits
-is able to reach their potential and lead a dignified, full and productive life
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    Madeline Stuart

    22 yrs old

Madeline is a unique 22-year-old model from Brisbane, Australia. Madeline notably, has been dubbed by the press not only a Super Model, but "the world's most famous model with Down Syndrome." This incredibly courageous, beautiful, and talented young woman has had astonishing success in the short time she has been modelling, and has captured media attention both in Australia and internationally. As with many people with Down Syndrome, Madeline struggled with her weight for a long time, and in early 2015 she decided to get healthy and chase after her dreams which included dance. She lost over 20kg, and is now changing society's perception of people with disabilities, one photo shoot at a time.

Madeline's career started when Maddy attended a Fashion Parade in late 2015 with her mum and said to her, "mum me model". Rosanne (Madeline's Mum) knew it would take a lot of work and dedication, and told Madeline if she wanted to commit to the journey, she would fully support her.

After Madeline lost a few more kilos of weight, Rosanne created social media accounts and posted a "before and after" photo online to show the results and to encourage others. Rosanne was very confident that the story Madeline had to share with the world would travel around the globe, long before it actually hit the internet. Just as predicted, the photo went viral. Instantly, overnight - Maddy's social media numbers grew over 100 Thousand, and within a few days Madeline's photo had been viewed over 6.8 Million times. Over the next few days Madeline hit headlines all over the globe with publications from Iceland, Germany, the US, Australia, Mexico, Cuba, and the UK; nearly everywhere in the world had picked up the story.

Madeline has modeled in New York Fashion Week, Art Hearts Fashion Week, Style Fashion Week, Melange Fashion Week, Caspian Fashion, Runway Dubai, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week China, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, and dozens of others globally. Madeline supports dozens of Non Profits some of which she has made special appearances at, performed a professional dance routine, or modeled in their fundraising Fashion Shows. Such charities include: Multi Cap Foundation, Endeavour Foundation Australia, Silver Linings Project, Vets Intl, The DisABILITY Museum, Melbourne City Mission, The Carol Galvin Foundation, Kulture City, Embrace Kulture, FUB Sweden, Inside Outside Dance Ensemble, Buddy Walk NYC, Horizon Stars - The ARC of the Emerald Coast, Special Olympics of New York, Cultural Device Project and Radical Beauty Project, among many others.