She will be hitting the
catwalk for FTL MODA in partnership with the Christopher and Dana Reeve
Foundation in order to feature models with disabilities on the runway. The 18-year-old
from Brisbane, Australia, has more than 400,000 Facebook fans and more than
70,000 Instagram followers. In addition to nabbing a campaign with new
accessories brand everMaya, Stuart has walked for other designers such as EST
When Stuart, who has battled
obesity as a child, expressed her interest in becoming a model, her mother hired a
personal trainer. With her tenacity and hard work, Stuart has gained international attention and is aiming to succeed in an industry where anything other than "the norm" is not
normally considered beautiful.
"I think it is time people
realized that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be
celebrated," her mother
told Today. "People with Down syndrome can do anything. They just do it at
their own pace."
Stuart, who challenges many people's ideas of modeling, is an inspiration to girls everywhere who feel that they
can't even be considered to be models because of their differences. Making an
impact in the fashion industry and beyond, Stuart reminds us to keep an open
mind and know that people who have mental and physical handicaps can achieve the
same things as those who don't—and even more!