Meet Madeline Stuart: The aspiring model with Down syndrome

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Madeline Stuart is an 18-year-old aspiring model from Australia, and she’s not letting Down syndrome stop her from following her dreams.

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Madeline believes that “exposure will help create acceptance,” according to her Facebook page.

 

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The aspiring model used to struggle with her weight, but has lost 40 pounds and gained confidence. Madeline is down to an American size 2, thanks to gymnastics, basketball, swimming, dancing, and cheerleading.

 

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“I believe in happiness and love to laugh and hanging out with my friends. I am always happy and laughing,” Madeline’s Facebook reads.

 

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She attributes her happiness and success to her “biggest supporter”… Her mother.

“People with Down syndrome can do anything,” Madeline’s mother, Rosanne, told Today. “They just do it at their own pace.”

 

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Madeline is still waiting to be ‘discovered,’ but if acceptance is what she really wants, she is well on her way.

 

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