All posts in "Down Syndrome in the Media"

Madeline Stuart will walk runway during Fashion Week 2016

By Kat Abianac / January 24, 2016

Is Madeline Stuart still modelling? Not only is she stronger than ever with a combined social media following of over 600,000, she is booked solid with engagements, modelling work and travel right through 2016, according to her itinerary! After a huge 2015 in which she turned 19, traveled overseas extensively and was awarded Model of […]


An Open Letter To NW Magazine On Using The Word ‘Retarded’

By Kat Abianac / October 15, 2015

To NW Magazine, I follow your page, with a quarter of a million other people. Today, you casually reinforced to that audience it’s acceptable to call someone ‘retarded’ as an insult.       Don’t get me wrong, I love Judd Nelson and Breakfast Club was an epic movie in its time. But previous usage […]


A Note From The Father of a Married Woman with Down syndrome

By Kat Abianac / August 17, 2015

Paul Daugherty and his wife Kerry together proudly raised their daughter Jillian, who has Down syndrome. Jillian has achieved many incredible things in her life, and last month her parents watched her marry the man of her dreams. Her father, Paul, wants to share some advice with special needs parents- from one parent to another. […]


Madeline Clothing Line- What Madeline Stuart Did Next

By Kat Abianac / July 14, 2015

I first met the beautiful Madeline Stuart at her home in Brisbane. In real life, she is stunning, expressive and vivacious. She clearly shares a beautiful bond with her mother Rosanne. I smiled as I watched them have a tickle fight on their way to another room. She interacted with my toddler son, making him […]


Living Dead Clothing Have Madeline Stuart Model Shoot

By Kat Abianac / May 16, 2015

When Madeline Stuart, an 18 yr old girl with Down syndrome posted about her amazing weight loss journey picture (featured below) it went viral last week on her Facebook page. I picked up Maddy’s story last week and wrote about it on this blog. I am also the parent of a child with Down syndrome […]

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