Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian model with Down syndrome, will be the second model with the condition to walk the runaway at the annual event.
Madeline Stuart will be walking the runway on September 13th with the FTL Moda label, in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding treatment for people with spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders. Even through the news brought Stuart a lot of attention, she was already pretty big before it happened; she's sponsored by a major accessories brand, she has a contract with a major active wear brand, and she has over 430,000 Facebook likes. This will hopefully get her a bit more mainstream cred, however, in addition to helping increase visibility for artists with Down syndrome. She made the announcement on her Instagram last week:
Jamie Brewer, of American Horror Story fame, was the first model with Down syndrome to walk the NYFW runway in February (there are two NYFWs a year). I'm not cool enough to go to Fashion Week, but let's hope this leads to more exposure for models like Stuart and Brewer. Yasssss kween (I'm so sorry; I don't know what came over me).