Madeline Stuart Model With a Little Extra

Recently, a photo hit social media running and is yet to slow down. With over 100,000 likes in 48 hours, Madeline Stuart model (with the help of her mum to run her Facebook page) has an amazing story to tell of health, fitness and weight loss.

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Madeline Stuart is 18 years old, lives in Brisbane, Australia and has Down Syndrome. As with many people with Down syndrome, she struggled with her weight from a young age.

Early last year, with the help of her mother and her dance teacher, she decided to get fit and healthy. Her inspiration? Due to her weight, she couldn’t do cartwheels or handstands. Her goal was to change this. At the time, Madeline was more than 20kgs over her healthy weight range. She is nearly at her goal, and with a little encouragement is sure to make it!

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Maddy started swimming 4-5 days per week. She cut out all junk food, except for special occasions (and chips at the movies!) Along with a personal trainer, her fortnightly cricket for the Special Olympics (alternated with fortnightly cheerleading because she didn’t want to choose between the two!) the kilos started to melt away.

Maddy loves all her activities during the week, as each one bring a new friendship circle with it and she is very social. Did I mention yet hip hop, a literacy program, and her special needs Drama group? She has represented her state 3 times in cricket, as well as state championships in swimming, gymnastics and basketball through the Special Olympics. She performed at the opening ceremony 2 years ago at the Asia Pacific games and is heading to LA to dance at the world games with her dance troupe later in the year.

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Maddy’s mum Rosanne says, “Madeline’s relationship with me is almost telekinetic. We have the most amazing bond, we just adore each other. She is my only child and it has been just her and I since she was born. I’m very social- she’s my mini me! Maddy is so confident, she has no hang ups. She is more than happy to parade around the house showing me how gorgeous she is with her hand up behind her head swaying her hips, as if to say, ‘Look at me!’ She is not insecure in the least, but I have made a point of never letting anyone be critical of her. I tell her every day how amazing, funny, smart, beautiful, wonderful she is!

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“She does not care how she looks- she is not at all consumed with her looks. But she DOES care that she can run around all the time now feeling great. If the average person could only see the beauty Maddy has inside, how loving and caring she is! If that is what people measured beauty on, ย than most of the models in the world would have Down syndrome. It truly is a beautiful thing.

Madeline would love to be a model and is looking for a agent to represent her.

Would you like to see her in print and media? Leave your comments and thoughts below!

Don’t forget to follow her on Facebook or Twitter to follow her career aspirations.

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Kat Abianac

Kat is a writer and a passionate advocate for inclusion in the media and advertising. She has two children, one with Down syndrome. Use the 'contact us' tab on this site to request her media kit or to get in touch. You may republish content from www.parkermyles.com on your own site, provided a pingback is made to her original article and she is fully credited as author.
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Kat Abianac

Kat is a writer and a passionate advocate for inclusion in the media and advertising. She has two children, one with Down syndrome. Use the 'contact us' tab on this site to request her media kit or to get in touch. You may republish content from www.parkermyles.com on your own site, provided a pingback is made to her original article and she is fully credited as author.

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Duska Turley-Rule - May 22, 2015

I’m sure Madeline has an abundance of inner beauty, and kindness, even though I’ve never met her. I do know from her pictures she is a beautiful woman, and makes an amazing model. Look at that hair, face, skin, and her shape! Oh, and so jealous of those eyes! P.S. those leggings are awesome! I know some people judge down syndrome, but putting that aside, she is one great model, with or without down syndrome. The beautiful part is that Maddy went, “I want to be a model, let’s try it”, not “I want to be a model, but I have down syndrome, so forget about it”.

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Sheena - May 20, 2015

Maddie, you are a great role model and soo photogenic. Anyone who has a natural beautiful spirit that shines through in a photo like yours should be on the books of a top model agency.

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Ronald Trotman - May 20, 2015

Beautiful girl, you deserve every thing the world has to offerxx

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Diane - May 19, 2015

You are so beautiful Madeline I would love to see you model and see you in magazines. You are beautiful, talented, and have a great attitude on life keep up the great work. I have faith in you and hope to see you soon in some magazines.

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Sharon Forrest Stone - May 19, 2015

You go girl. I’d love to see more models with REAL beauty!

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nicki lucas - May 16, 2015

Absolutely yes. I would love to see you in different publications as a model. You are beautiful with a beautiful personality & attitude. You inspire others. Good luck in your venture. X

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Joy - May 16, 2015

Absolutely beautiful….I hope an agency soon offers you a modeling contract.

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Jess - May 16, 2015

you are beautiful, I have cerebral palsy and I would love to model to

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Marjorie dean - May 15, 2015

She is just beautiful

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Lyndale Mercado - May 15, 2015

What a BEAUTIFUL young lady!! I would love to see her in print.

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Diane Filipiak - May 15, 2015

Maddie you are beautiful! If your dream is to be a model go for it!!! I don’t think there is anything you can’t do if you put your mind to it.

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rayna - May 15, 2015

Gorgeous! I thought she already was a model somebody sign this girl!

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Rachel - May 15, 2015

I would love too see her in print she’s the perfect role model as well as being beautiful x

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Mona M from Alaska - May 15, 2015

Healthy, active & happy! Beauty from within shines out of you, before & after your weight loss. I wish you the best in your modeling endevor. YES, I would like to see you lots of others ( considered not the norm by general public) in movies, TV, Advertising, ect. You can do it, & you have a wonderful Mum to help you! Good luck, beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

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zell812 - May 15, 2015

Beautiful and inspiring

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Melanie - May 14, 2015

She’s beautiful and full of talent! She deserves a golden opportunity to grace the covers of teen magazines!

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robin evans - May 14, 2015

She is beautiful! But I don’t understand why the bikini and the “sexy” look. That to me is sad.

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    Kat Abianac - May 15, 2015

    Why is it sad that an 18 yr old would want a pretty photo taken in a bikini? In fact, is there something sad about someone with Down syndrome having a committed relationship which in all likelihood involves a sexual aspect? Adults with Down syndrome get married, have jobs, wear bikinis.
    What would be sad to me would be seeing her arse cheeks hanging out tiny short shorts and her mum not pulling her up and telling her to get changed.
    But I don’t have time to campaign for EVERYTHING in life I want changed, (like the existence of short shorts on teenagers the length of a thick belt) so I will stick to writing about and commenting on what interests and affects me the most.

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Kathryn - May 14, 2015

Maddie, you are an inspiration to us all. I wish you great success in whatever endeavour you choose.

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Helen Povey - May 14, 2015

How blessed you are Madeline I have no doubt you will be a Super Model and inspire many women to become the best versions of themselves ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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