Well known runway shows often see the presence of high profile models showcasing some fabulous designs, and numerous big names from various industries gracing the front row. But things will be a bit different this time around at the much-talked about New York Fashion Week 2015.
Come 13 September and we'll see a model with Down syndrome flaunting some designs and her confidence on the runway. Madeline Stuart, an Australian model with Down syndrome is all set to walk the ramp for American label FTL Moda. Though Stuart has three holes in her heart and a leaky valve, that doesn't stop her from getting what she wants.
Needless to say -- like us -- the brand is extremely excited about it.
"It is with the utmost joy and pride that we announce Madeline Stuart's participation in #FTLModa #NYFW #SS2016 presentation. Beautiful Madeline will brighten up the runway at the #VanderbiltHall on September 13th 2015. Stay tuned and RSVP," the brand posted on its Facebook page.
Stuart will showcase the designs of two of the label's designers.
The 18-year-old, who calls her mother her biggest supporter, shot to fame through social media – she now has over 400,000 Facebook followers and over 73,000 followers on Instagram – and has since been a rage.
While she already is the face of clothing label Manifesta's new fitness line, handbag brand EverMaya has launched a new line of bags – The Madeline -- in Stuart's honour.
"After the incredibly positive feedback from the public regarding our initial national ad campaign with Madeline Stuart, we wanted to do something truly unique to continue to promote inclusion within the fashion industry," said Damian Graybelle, EverMaya's president.
Meanwhile, Stuart isn't the first model with Down syndrome to walk the ramp. "American Horror Story" actress Jamie Brewer became the first model with the syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week in February. Brewer showcased the Autumn/Winter collection of designer Carrie Hammer.
"It's amazing that the fashion industry are including individuals with disabilities," ET Online had quoted Brewer as saying. "It's an amazing opportunity for women, women that are disabled."
The New York Fashion Week begins on 10 September and goes on till 17 September with numerous ace designers showcasing their creations for Spring/Summer 2016.