Correction appended, September 27, 2015
Madeline Stuart, an 18-year-old model with Down Syndrome, made her debut on the New York Fashion Week runway Sunday.
The redheaded teen from Brisbane, Australia showed off styles in a show at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal hosted by label FTL Moda with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Global Disability Inclusion.
Stuart isn’t the first model with Down Syndrome to walk the runway; actress Jamie Brewer from American Horror Story appeared in February’s New York Fashion Week during the “Role Models Not Runway Models” show organized by designer Carrie Hammer.
The teenager’s mother Rosanne credits social media for helping pave the way for Madeline’s Fashion Week debut. As she told AFP, “Social media has brought everything to the forefront. Things aren’t hidden anymore.”
Correction: The original version of this story misstated a sponsor of the event. It was Global Disability Inclusion.