Chrystal and Emily from The Laughing Lesbian got an opportunity to have a chat with Madeline Stuart, the beautiful young girl from Australia who is taking the world by storm. Madeline has Downs Syndrome, but it hasn’t held her back from reaching her goals. Madeline wanted to be a model, and with determination, hard work and support from her wonderful mother, she became just that and more! She has become an inspiration to people all around the world and believes that everyone is beautiful and everyone has the ability to make their dreams a reality.
Follow Maddy on her journey through her facebook page HERE as well as her instagram: madelinesmodelling_
Madeline is the ambassador for Inside Outside Dance which is a not-for-profit dance ensemble for people with intellectual disabilities. To learn more and to donate to their cause head over to their gofundme page HERE!
1. You have gone through a transformation, not only physical but mentally and emotionally. What has been the hardest and most rewarding part of your journey?
The hardest part is not eating fries and gravy but at the same time it is great because I know my body appreciates it.
2. You have succeeded in everything you have set out to do, from getting into shape to becoming a model about to walk the runway for New York Fashion Week. What is next for you? What do you have your sights set on next?
I would like to start my own legging company and write a healthy eating coffee table book.
3. You have become a role model to girls and women from all over the world. What is your best bit of advice to the people who look up to you?
To become more human and to see it is the beauty inside that shines the brightest
5. You’ve shaped many young women’s minds on what a model could be. How has that impacted your life and what do you hope your fans take away from your experience?
It really hasn’t impacted my life, I am very excited to be helping people but I have always thought anyone could be a model.
6. There are many young women, who are trying to define themselves currently, what is your advice on staying true to yourself?
Just believe in yourself, if you give in to people who want to change your standards you will lose your self-confidence.
7. You are a believer that true beauty being on the inside and shining outwards. How important has that philosophy been throughout your journey?
I have always known this, to me it is not a belief it is just a fact, a way of life.
8. You are an inspiration to so many people, but who inspires you?
9. You are a dancer and part of an amazing dance company that recently danced in LA. What are some of your other talents you would like your fans to know about?
I play cricket for special Olympics and have represented qld twice. I play basketball, I swim, I do gymnastics for special Olympics, I am the ambassador for a new dance ensemble called inside outside dance theatre. I do drama every Sunday afternoon with my drama group and train at the gym 4 days a week.
10. The world of modeling is always changing, always growing and evolving, from different races and nationalities, to every body type and now disabilities. What do you think caused that change and where would you like to see the modeling industry go?
I believe social media is showing us that everyone is beautiful and deserve a chance, I believe with time everyone who wants to do something and work hard for it will have their chance to succeed.