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

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

Click through this slideshow to see Maddy in action at NYFW:

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