18-Year-Old Model With Down Syndrome Completely Owns Runway During NYFW (Photos)


Less than a week after Chrissy Teigen preached about the changing landscape of the now more inclusive fashion industry, style fanatics were able to see the evolution take place at New York Fashion Week.

Madeline Stuart took to the runway for the first time on Sunday night at Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall in FTL MODA's international designers showcase.

The 18-year-old has Down syndrome and a leaky heart valve, and she worked three different looks like a seasoned pro.

Just last year, the redhead shared her dreams of modeling with her mother, Rosanne Stuart, who supported her daughter's ambitions.

Stuart told New York Daily News,

By May, the 4'11” model's professional shots gained major traction online.

A few short months later, the Australian beauty was asked to walk in the NYFW presentation titled “Fashion Free from Confines,” which paired international designers and models with disabilities.

The Aussie took to NYC instantly.

She posed with fellow fashion stars...

...and acted way casual even when sandwiched between two glorious male models painted like sexy jellyfish.

Maddy even stayed strong through the show's 12-hour prep.

Though she admitted to having fun on the catwalk, Maddy had one goal following her NYFW debut.

She said,

Maddy can now sleep knowing she's accomplished what the rest of us only pretend to do in the dressing rooms at American Apparel.

Citations: Model with Down Syndrome Madeline Stuart makes her New York Fashion Week runway debut (New York Daily News)