Model With Down Syndrome Will Walk in New York Fashion Week

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Madeline Stuart, the 18-year-old Australian model, has just nabbed a stylish new gig for fall: She’ll be hitting the catwalk during New York Fashion Week this September.

Stuart, who has Down syndrome, announced her exciting news on Instagram with the caption: “Guess who is modelling in NY for NY fashion week xx.” In the snapshot, Stuart revealed she will be walking the runway for FTL MODA in September.

The brand wrote on its Facebook, “It is with the utmost joy and pride that we announce Madeline Stuart’s participation in #FTLModa #NYFW #SS2016 presentation. Beautiful Madeline will brighten up the runway at the #VanderbiltHall on September 13th 2015. Stay tuned and RSVP!”

It’s been a very fashionable year for the model; in July, Stuart landed two major modeling jobs, appearing in the national ad campaigns for the American fitness brand Manifesta, as well as the eco-friendly handbag label, everMaya.

“We are absolutely thrilled to work with a talent like Madeline on our newest national ad campaign,” Damian Graybelle, everMaya’s president, said in a statement at the time. “All of us at everMaya feel very strongly about creating a brand that is rooted in a spirit of inclusion and providing opportunities for those who begin life with barriers to success.” (And they even created a bag named after her.)

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