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18-year-old model with Down syndrome to walk the New York Fashion Week runway

Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model with Down

Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model with Down syndrome, will be the model to watch at New York Fashion Week in September. Photo Credit: Facebook / Madeline Stuart

Madeline Stuart will be the model to watch at New York Fashion Week. The 18-year-old, who has Down syndrome, will be walking the runway on Sept. 13 in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation, and her thousands of supporters just can't wait to watch.

In February, actress Jamie Brewer became the first model with Down syndrome to walk at New York Fashion Week. Now, Stuart will follow in her footsteps.

Stuart has been in rehearsals for her fashion week debut, and has shared fun pictures and videos practicing her runway strut on her Facebook page.

Stuart announced her fashion week news back in August, sharing a photo to Instagram announcing her contract with FTL MODA, a company that's known for its futuristic Italian runway designs. Since then, magazines and news organizations have picked up her story.

The Australian model is no stranger to viral fame. She was the talk of the Internet months before when she posted her model shots to Facebook.

"It is with the utmost joy and pride that we announce Madeline Stuart's participation in #FTLModa #NYFW #SS2016 presentation," the brand wrote on Facebook confirming Stuart's Instagram announcement. "Beautiful Madeline will brighten up the runway."

Fashion Week isn't Stuart's only modeling gig. People Magazine reports that the 18-year-old also has contracts with two other major brands, Manifesta and everMaya.

"There's a lot of big deals happening at the moment, it's ridiculous!" her mom, Rosanne Stuart told Cosmopolitan. "It is very exciting and it's going to take her from one level to the next."


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