This week was groundbreaking in the fashion world: extraordinary beauty Jillian Mercado, who’s spastic muscular dystrophy left her in a wheelchair, was signed to IMG Models and Madeline Stuart, an Australian model with Down Syndrome, announced that she will be walking at New York Fashion Week with FTL MODA in association with the Christopher Reeve Foundation. We learned about the 18-year-old sensation through Cosmopolitan where her mom shared her personal wish to be more like her daughter. A quick look at her Instagram is enough to see why. We can’t get enough of this powerful lady!


All About That Hair

Madeline shares her amazing photoshoots on Instagram. We love the elegant hairdo!


Pretty In Pink

She rocked a gorgeous pink gown with monochromatic makeup. We can't wait to try that look at our next shindig.


Queen of the Catwalk

New York Fashion Week won't be the first catwalk she conquered. Madeline has already walked for Estbythelna.


Designer Love

She also modeled EverMaya’s designer Huipil totes and bucket bags which are handmade in Guatemala.


Just Dance

She’s part of the Bust A Move Dance program based in Brisbane which “enables people of all abilities to belong and create change” through dance.



Madeline doesn’t need wings to fly. She hasn’t let anything get in the way of her dreams.



Madeline symbolizes the strength in all of us. Plus we can't get enough of her smile!