Australian model Madeline Stuart has just booked one of the biggest gigs in the fashion industry. The 18-year-old teenager, who is dealing with Down’s Syndrome, has just been tapped by FTL Moda to walk the runway during the upcoming New York Fashion Week this September at the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station.
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FTL Moda is headed by Antonio Urzi. Bella Naija reports that earlier this year, it featured amputee Jack Eyers in their New York Fashion Week runway for a collection called “FTL Moda Loving You.” The fashion line has designed costumes for celebrities like Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.
Stuart caught attention earlier this year after her photos were posted on her Facebook page. The Independent also reports that Madeline’s mother, Rosanne, launched an online campaign to help her daughter land a modeling contract.
Today, Madeline’s Facebook page has 435,057 likes. During a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, Rosanne has also said that one of the first ever people to follow her daughter on Twitter was none other than supermodel Karlie Kloss.
Madeline has other projects in the works
Aside from the upcoming New York Fashion Week, Stuart has also been busy working a new line of handbags for EverMaya. Stuart will also become the new face of the company. In fact, the said handbag line will be even be named after her. In addition, Madeline has also landed a modeling job with American fitness wear Manifesta.
Stuart becomes the second woman with Down’s Syndrome to hit the runway. “American Horror Story” actress Jamie Brewer actually appeared in Fashion Week last February.
Brewer is actually an inspiration to Madeline. According to Rosanne, the two have already met in Los Angeles.