#Spotlight: Model With Down Syndrome Makes Her Runway Dream Come True During NYFW!

Madeline Stuart walks her first runway.

We are so happy for Madeline Stuart!

The 18-year-old had a lifelong dream come true when she walked the runway at the FTL Moda S/S 2016 presentation in NYC on Sunday.

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Maddy has Down Syndrome and a leaky heart valve, but when she told her mother, Rosanne Stuart, that she wanted to be a model, her mom immediately arranged for her to have professional photos taken.

The pics took off online, and soon the teen was invited to make her runway and Fashion Week debut for FTL Moda.

During her strut down the catwalk, Madeline modeled three looks — an ornate one-shoulder dress, a loose tank worn with purple shorts, and a t-shirt that read “I am NYFW,” which was a crowd favorite!

She also rocked glittery blue paint on her face!

Afterwards Maddy said of the experience:

“It was fun. I feel good!”

Her mother, who sat front row to watch, added:

“She’s been so excited. She didn’t sleep at all last night!”


We’re so thrilled she was able to experience a huge dream of hers!

Congrats, Maddy!

[Image via Getty Images.]

Sep 14, 2015 4:02pm PDT

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