Model with Down Syndrome Madeline Stuart unveils line at NYFW
Madeline Stuart has thanked fans for their support following the launch of her new fashion label at New York Fashion Week.
The Australian model, who has Down's Syndrome, has been walking in catwalk shows for the past few seasons, first attracting attention when she was cast in FTL Moda's Big Apple show in September 2015.
She's once again back in New York for the biannual style event, but this time rather than just modelling, Madeline also unveiled her design career with label 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart.
"Thank you to all who have supported my dream throughout the last two years. the journey continues. My shop is LIVE," she tweeted after the show.
The 20-year-old rocked the runway on Monday (13Feb17) in her own designs, with an army of models also showing off her hard work. Casual pieces like leggings and vest tops worked well alongside peplum tops and flame printed skirts, with most garments made from wearable lycra.
Models sported brightly coloured eye make-up to complement the clothes, adding to the fun vibe of the show.
"It really does represent who she is," Madeline's mother Roseanne said, according to Reuters. "Madeline has never had the concept that she can't achieve anything."
Noelle Foley, daughter of wrestling legend Mick Foley, was one of Madeline's models, with the presentation marking her debut catwalk show.
"These hips made it on the runway baby!!! Walked my FIRST ever runway show yesterday at New York Fashion Week for @madelinesmodelling_ new line 21 Reasons Why! Maddy has such an inspiring story and I was so happy to be part of her show," Noelle wrote on Instagram.
Madeline is also expected to be part of Paris Fashion Week later this month (Feb17).