Aspiring model raises awareness of models with disabilities

Head and shoulder shot of young woman with red hair, Madeline Stuart
Changing the World

The world of fashion has recently begun to be slightly more inclusive of people with disabilities – this past year saw an increasing number of models with disabilities grace a variety of runways. However, the movement to have models reflect and represent the diversity of real life is not yet over.

Aspiring model Madeline Stuart is campaigning for amplified visibility of models with disabilities. According to her Facebook page, “Madeline would like to be a model, modeling will help change society’s view of people with Down syndrome, exposure will help to create acceptance in life.”

Stuart’s Facebook page, Madeline getting Downs to modeling, has over 300,000 followers, and through it Stuart is working to connect with fans, highlight relevant media coverage, and publish sample modeling shots. She recently launched her website. In my opinion, Stuart’s photos reveal her obvious potential and talent for modeling.

In a recent Buzzfeed article, Stuart’s mother, Rosanne Stuart, stated, “I think it is time that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated.”

Madeline Stuart is ready to begin her modeling career, and is currently looking for an agent. We at Rooted In Rights will be eagerly watching her bright future.

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.