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There's a rising star in Australia by the name of Madeline Stuart. Madeline, who has Down syndrome, aims to become a model, joining the ranks of actress Jamie Brewer who made history by becoming the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the red carpet at New York Fashion Week.
The 18-year-old has made significant strides toward her dream of becoming a fashion model including overcoming the effects of obesity that plagued her since childhood. A year ago Madeline began a workout regimen that includes swimming five times per week, cheerleading and dance class, resulting in a 40-pound weight loss that transformed her appearance.
Madeline shows off her new look in photos posted on her Facebook page and Instagram. The budding model has amassed quite a social media following: On Instagram she boasts more than 14,000 followers and her Facebook fan page has 163,000 fans.
Madeline, supported by her mother Roseanne, are campaigning for a different standard of beauty that includes people with disabilities. Madeline hopes that modelling will help change societies view of people with Down syndrome.
"I remember having her in a [stroller ] when she was a baby, and small-minded people telling me she should not be out in public," Roseanne said in an interview with Buzzfeed. "I think it is time people realized that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated."