BRISBANE, Australia — Madeline Stuart enjoys swimming, cricket, dancing, cheerleading, gymnastics, basketball, among other things.
And the 18-year-old, who has Down syndrome, also models — to help raise awareness about the genetic condition, reported KTRK.
“I think it is time people realised that people with Down syndrome can be sexy and beautiful and should be celebrated,” Maddy’s mom, Roseanne, told ABC in a statement. “She is not insecure in the least bit, but I have made a point of never letting anyone be critical of her and telling her every day how amazing, funny, smart, beautiful, wonderful she is.”
Roseanne said she also wants others to know what it’s like being a parent of a child with Down syndrome. But she doesn’t want anyone feeling sorry for her.
“I actually feel sad for people who may never experience the unconditional love of someone like Maddy,” she said. “I won lotto the day she was born.”
See more on Maddy’s Facebook page, “Madeline getting Downs to modelling” which already has more than 117,000 fans.
“She will win millions of hearts if she gets the chance,” Stuart said.