Madeline Stuart is now a fully fledged model after getting her first contract. Photo: Instagram
We first met Maddie Stuart in May this year, when she announced her dream to become a model and her story went viral. The 18-year-old from Brisbane wanted to help change how society sees people with Down syndrome, saying in a Facebook post that "exposure will help to create acceptance in life."
Now her dream has come true - Stuart has landed her first modelling contract, fronting a campaign for body-positive activewear brand Manifesta, which designs clothes specifically with curvy women in mind and uses flower names to indicate size instead of those shamey numbers. It also showcases its clothes on strong, healthy women of all shapes and sizes.
Stuart is the perfect ambassador for a fitness brand - she initially became interested in modelling after struggling with her weight throughout childhood, but finding fitness and new confidence by taking up dance, swimming and cheerleading.
Maddie Stuart models activewear by Manifesta. Photo: Instagram