SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018 | DENVER, CO

Madeline Stuart

Madeline Stuart
Madeline Stuart
2017 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient

Madeline is a unique 20-year-old model from Brisbane, Australia. Madeline notably, has been dubbed by the press as not only a Super Model, but “the world’s most famous model with Down syndrome”. This incredibly courageous, beautiful, and talented young woman has had astonishing success in the short time she has been modelling, and has captured media attention both in Australia and internationally. As with many people with Down syndrome, Madeline struggled with her weight for a long time, and in early 2015 she decided to get healthy and chase after her dreams which included dance. She lost over 20kg, and is now changing society’s perception of people with disabilities, one photo shoot at a time

Madeline’s career started when Maddy attended a Fashion Parade late 2014 with her mum and said to her mum “mum me model”. Rosanne knew it would take a lot of work and dedication, and told Madeline if she wanted to commit to the journey, she would fully support her.

After Madeline lost a few more kilos of weight, Rosanne (Madeline’s Mum) created social media accounts and posted a ‘before and after’ photo online to show the results and to encourage others. Rosanne was very confident that the story Madeline had to share with the world would travel around the globe, long before it actually hit the internet. Just as predicted, the photo went viral. Instantly, overnight Maddy’s social media numbers grew over 100 thousand, and within a few days Madeline’s photo had been viewed over 6.8 Million times. Over the next few days Madeline hit headlines all over the globe with publications from Iceland, Germany, the US, Australia, Mexico, Cuba, and the UK; nearly everywhere in the world had picked up the story.

Madeline has modelled in New York Fashion Week, Art Hearts Fashion Week, Style Fashion Week, Melange Fashion Week, Caspian Fashion, Runway Dubai, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week China, Paris Fashion Week, Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival, and dozens of others globally. Madeline supports dozens of Non Profits some of which she has made special appearances at, performed a professional dance routine, or modelled in their fundraising Fashion Shows. Such charities include: Multi Cap Foundation, Endeavour Foundation Australia, Silver Linings Project, Vets Intl, The DisABILITY Museum, Melbourne City Mission, The Carol Galvin Foundation, Kulture City, Embrace Kulture, FUB Sweden, Inside Outside Dance Ensemble, Buddy Walk NYC, Horizon Stars – The ARC of the Emerald Coast, Special Olympics of New York, Cultural Device Project and Radical Beauty Project, among many others.