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:: Spotlight :: Madeline Stuart - Braver than brave

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Beauty is strong. Beauty is compassionate. Beauty is inspiring. In every way, 21-year-old model Madeline Stuart defines what it means to beautiful. But if her mother had listened to doctors, the world may have never known this brave young woman’s beauty.

In 1996, when baby Maddy came into the world with Down syndrome and a defective heart, doctors said if Madeline survived, she’d never amount to much. Her mother Rosanne refused to believe them. Rosanne surrounded her child with positivity and love, never holding her back. So, Madeline played sports and led a busy life. When Madeline wanted to dance, she made a commitment to healthy eating and exercising. She lost over 40 pounds! In 2015, Madeline decided she wanted to model, not a simple goal for any young woman, an especially challenging goal for someone with Down syndrome. Once again, her mother encouraged her. Little did either of them know, Madeline would become a huge celebrity and inspire a legion of others with disabilities to chase after their own dreams.

Today, Madeline’s striking photographs have been seen by millions around the world. She’s been featured in major magazines and newspapers including Forbes, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Woman’s Day to name a few. She’s strutted the catwalk during world-renowned New York Fashion Week, the Art Hearts Fashion Week, Style Fashion Week, and Melange Fashion Week along with many other shows around the world. She’s also busy with philanthropy work, recently receiving the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show, with celebrities such as actress and activist Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Matt Dillon and more! The event helped raise more than $2.6 million for research and medical care for Down syndrome and the Special Olympics of New York.

While Madeline loves modelling, it’s being a role model for others that’s her greatest joy. She’s determined to use her celebrity to shine a light on Down syndrome. Every day, she inspires others to break through barriers and redefines what it means to be beautiful!

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