Try not to weep as you watch Maddy the Model, the story of Brisbane-born supermodel Madeline Stuart. Not long after declaring her desire to be a model, the young woman with Down syndrome was on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week – but how inclusive has the industry been to her in real terms?
The Australian model Maddy Stuart has walked the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, been on the cover of international fashion magazines, and has hundreds of thousands followers on social media. But life is not straightforward, as Maddy has to fight her own battles every day. She is the first professional supermodel with Downs Syndrome.
Does Maddy’s career actually ensure greater diversity and inclusion within the industry – or is she just the latest trend in the fashion world?