Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old Australian with Down syndrome, is a surprising choice among the usual models seen strutting down the runways of New York Fashion Week.
But her NYFW debut at Sunday’s FTL MODA show at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal was no surprise to the teen’s mother.
"I don't think anything really surprises me anymore,” she said in a recent interview with Cosmopolitan magazine. “She's been asked to do a lot of stuff and I was hoping to she'd get asked to do NYFW but I assumed it would happen. I hope that doesn't sound too pretentious."
That confidence began with Stuart’s raise to fame through social media. Photos of her posted to Facebook went viral, and she continues to be a inspiration on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.