Breaking the mould
At 21, Madeline Stuart is an internationally renowned model. Madeline captured the world’s attention on social media thanks to her inspiring weightloss journey and has since become the first professional model with Down syndrome.
How does it feel to be a model?
It feels amazing. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved and grateful to have a platform to advocate for more inclusion!
Do you ever experience self-doubt when it comes to your career?
Not when it comes to modelling. I feel at home on the catwalk. The best thing you can do is believe in yourself.
Have you been treated differently in the industry?
The main barrier is that some people do not see me as a professional, even though I worked very hard. They sometimes think they are doing me a favour by including me in the show and then don’t think they have to pay me like the other professionals.
What inspired you to start your clothing line 21 Reasons Why?
The name of my brand is inspired by two ideas – the 21st chromosome that represents Down syndrome and the fact that everyone looks forward to turning 21. The ‘Reasons Why’ part is inspired by all the reasons why I believe we can be kinder, more inclusive and loving.
What advice do you have for teens chasing their dreams?
Never give up. If you work hard and believe in yourself, you will always achieve what you want!
Madeline’s interview was done with the assistance of her mum, Rosanne Stuart. Visit facebook.com/ madelinesmodelling for more.