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Meet Madeline Stuart, the Supermodel With Down Syndrome Who Has Conquered the Fashion Industry

By Gabrielle Bernardini

No one is breaking barriers in the modeling industry like Madeline Stuart, the first supermodel with Down syndrome. The 21-year-old Australian beauty has walked the runway for New York, Paris, and London Fashion Week, and has also been featured in top fashion magazines, such as, Elle, Vogue, and Marie Claire

Her transition into the modeling industry was no easy task, and it all started with a social media picture of herself that went viral. Madeline struggled with her weight throughout the years, and in 2015 she decided to make a lifestyle change for herself due to health reasons. 

"Almost three years in the making. I feel amazing, my heart is the healthiest it has ever been and at my last check up my doctor said it had not enlarged as it is no longer working so hard to maintain the three holes and leaky Mitro valve," she recently captioned a before-and-after photo. "Looks like I may never have to go through open heart surgery again if I maintain my health. For those who think it is a lot of money, well how much is my health worth. I am pretty happy with the results."