Model with down syndrome works the runway at New York Fashion Week

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Model With Down Syndrome Madeline Stuart Makes Her New York Fashion Week Debut


The 18-year-old Australian model with Down Syndrome who made headlines for booking a job at New York Fashion Week looked amazing as she walked in her first NYFW runway on Sunday.



Madeline Stuart strutted her stuff, fully face-painted, as she sported numbers from Hendrik Vermeulen's spring 2016 collection. The model looked fabulous with metallic face paint and a messy top knot. Her mother, Rosanna Stuart, told the Daily Mail:

"She's worked hard for [her accomplishments]. People with Down Syndrome can do anything. I think it's time people realized that people with Down Syndrome can be sexy and beautiful. We will only continue doing this as long as Maddy is happy doing this. It's only what makes Maddy happy that's important."

Maddy's happiness was contagious Sunday evening as she wowed the crowd in a one-sleeve architectural gown as well as a colorful halter and metallic platforms.



We can't wait to see Maddy kill it as the face of EverMaya's new handbag line and Manifesta's activewear. She's changing the face of the fashion industry and having a ball while doing it. Keep being amazing, Maddy! We're cheering for you!

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Model with down syndrome works the runway at New York Fashion Week
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Hendrik Vermeulen, model Madeline Stuart and Jean-Daniel Meyer-Vermeulen walk the runway finale at Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Models Jesse Pattison, Madeline Stuart and Ben Pulchinski walk the runway at Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Models Jesse Pattison, Madeline Stuart and Ben Pulchinski walk the runway at Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Model Madeline Stuart walks the runway at Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Models Jesse Pattison, Madeline Stuart and Ben Pulchinski are seen backstage of Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Hendrik Vermeulen, Rosanne Stuart, Madeline Stuart (front center) and Jean-Daniel Meyer-Vermeulen seen backstage of Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Hendrik Vermeulen, Madeline Stuart and Jean-Daniel Meyer-Vermeulen seen backstage of Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Model Madeline Stuart walks the runway at Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
Disabled model Madeline Stuart from Brisbane, Australia poses with her Mother Rosanne Stuart during rehearsals for the FTL MODA presentation at New York Fashion Week in New York, on September 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Disabled model Madeline Stuart from Brisbane, Australia hugs art director Pablo Patane during rehearsals for the FTL MODA presentation at New York Fashion Week in New York, on September 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
Disabled model Madeline Stuart from Brisbane, Australia asks for a drink during rehearsals for the FTL MODA presentation at New York Fashion Week in New York, on September 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Madeline Stuart and Ben Pulchinski seen backstage of Hendrik Vermeulen show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)
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