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Meet Australia’s first model with Down Syndrome

Madeline Stuart is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot more of.
Madeline Stuart

The ambitious teenager is determined to carve out a successful modelling career and redefine industry norms as she does it.

The bubbly 18-year-old knows how to work the camera lens. She also happens to have Down syndrome but with her mother Roseanne’s help, the pair are striving hard to launch young Maddy’s career.

“I don’t think Maddy really sees what a disability is,” single mum Rosanne, 43, who raised Maddy in Brisbane’s western suburbs, tells Woman’s Day.

Before adding of her daughter’s sheer will to succeed: “She knows she has Down syndrome, but she doesn’t see herself as any different from other people. So why couldn’t she be a model?”

Madeline as a bub shares a cuddle with her mother Roseanne

Indeed the inspirational young woman, who has already been asked to star in a number of campaigns, is right at home when she catches up with Woman’s Day for her first ever shoot with a national magazine.

Meanwhile Maddy’s Facebook page, which showcases her growing portfolio, has quickly amassed over 361,000 followers.

To read more about Madeline’s incredible journey and to see the amazing results of her exclusive photoshoot, be sure to pick up the latest copy of Woman’s Day, on sale Monday June 8

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