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Dream come true as Maddy lands modelling gig in the US

SHE'S the Mount Crosby teen who has taken the world by storm.

Madeline Stuart, the 18-year-old model who has Down syndrome, made headlines in May when she started her Facebook modelling page.

Since then Madeline has modelled for clothing label Living Dead, had photo shoots with Triple L Designs, fitness clothing brand Manifesta, signed to be face of a US cosmetic company, featured in Woman's Day magazine, appeared on the Today Show, aired on German and Japanese TV and even had a doll created in her image.

She has continued her whirlwind journey, with her page still gaining more than 1000 likes a day.

Madeline is now planning to design and release a range of tights, a product the model is well known for wearing.

However her mother Rosanne insisted their lives hadn't changed much and Maddy was still a typical teenager.

"Our life isn't really that different. We just get a lot more emails now," she said.

"We just take it day by day, you never know when it's going to stop.

"We're really just riding the wave."

Ms Stuart said Maddy was still having the time of her life.

"Madeline wanted to start modelling about a year ago and I thought it would be good for her because a picture says a thousand words," Ms Stuart said.

"Having an intellectual disability she doesn't talk a lot so it was a perfect way for her to show how wonderful she was."

Ms Stuart said every decision was Madeline's choice.

 

'She's always loved being in the limelight," she said.

"If Madeline woke up tomorrow and said she didn't want to do it anymore, we'd stop in an instant.

"Sometimes she just wants to be 18 and if she doesn't feel like doing a photo shoot we don't do it."

Madeline looks like she has no plans to slow down just yet.

The young model is headed to Los Angeles later this month to dance at the Special Olympics, model for a cosmetic company and grace the catwalk.

"No one has signed Madeline yet but we've had plenty of photo shoots," Ms Stuart said.

"But it's wonderful. People used to stare because of her disability. Now they stare because they recognise her.

"I think Maddy is giving people hope. It's so beautiful people now see Maddy the way I've always seen her."

Visit facebook.com/madelinesmodelling for more.

YPICAL TEEN: Madeline has had mulitple professional photo shoots since she rose to fame but she still loves relaxing at home with mum, Rosanne.
YPICAL TEEN: Madeline has had mulitple professional photo shoots since she rose to fame but she still loves relaxing at home with mum, Rosanne. Kate Czerny

 

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