Madeline Stuart is the living embodiment of the expression, “You can do anything you set your mind to.”
Last year, the Australian teen decided she wanted to become a model.
And she did.
Finding success as a model is difficult for anyone, but Maddy, who has Down syndrome, faces even more obstacles and challenges than most.
Doctors even told Rosanne, Maddy's mother, the ambitious teen would "never achieve anything."
How wrong they were.
For over a year, Maddy worked hard to lose the extra weight she carried and over the course of several months, lost an impressive 44 pounds. Rosanne heartily supported her daughter along the way, knowing she could do whatever it was she wanted.
With Maddy's weight loss came the confidence to actively pursue a modeling career -- proving her doubters wrong.
She's found support in the indie brand Living Dead, which prides itself on a commitment to diversity, and she's in the process of hiring a modeling agent.
And this is just the start for the driven teen.