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Australian teen model with Down syndrome to strut the catwalk at New York Fashion Week

YEREVAN, AUGUST 17, ARMENPRESS. Madeline Stuart, the renowned Brisbane model with Down syndrome, will strut the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. Armenpress reports, referring to “Daily Mail”, that Madeline 'Maddy' Stuart will model the prestigious biannual event for American label FTL Moda in September, who cast her 'with the utmost joy and pride'.

FTL Moda made the announcement on their Facebook page earlier this month, writing that 'Beautiful Madeline will brighten up the runway at the #VanderbiltHall on September 13th 2015.' Ms Stuart will follow in the footsteps of fellow Australian top models like Abbey Lee Kershaw and Miranda Kerr to become the second woman with Down syndrome to model on the NYFW catwalk. ‘Yahoo and yippee,’ the 18 year-old wrote on her Facebook page following the announcement. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Madeline’s mother Roseanna said the world is ready for people with intellectual disabilities to be represented on the catwalk.

Ms Stuart's story went viral after Daily Mail Australia first reported on her pursuing her catwalk dream, shedding 20 kilograms. She began swimming five times a week, went to cricked training sessions with the Special Olympics, and did cheerleading, as well as two weekly gym sessions. The 18 year-old is also a passionate dancer, and brought her hip-hop dance group Bust a Move to Los Angeles in July for teens and young adults living with disability.

Ms Stuart still has three holes in her heart and a leaky valve, but the brave teen manages this with daily heart medication which has so far put off any need for further heart surgery.

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