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The world’s first model with Down Syndrome displayed her collection in an inclusive showby Ariel Min
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Madeline Stuart, 20, is world's first professional model with Down Syndrome. She's been strutting down the runway in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and elsewhere since 2015. This year, Stuart launched her own fashion label, 21 Reasons Why, during New York Fashion Week.

Stuart's first collection includes stylish activewear for women, while the name pays homage to the extra copy of chromosome 21, which is characteristic of Down Syndrome. The model will also celebrate her 21st birthday this year. 

Stuart is also making it her mission to spread the message of inclusion and inspire others to pursue their dreams regardless of their age, size, height, race or disability. 

"When Madeline first started, you didn’t see anybody with intellectual or physical disabilities on the catwalk," said Rosanne Stuart, Madeline's mother and manager. "But now, every show, every fashion week... there's people with disabilities."

Stuart's show featured a wide range of diversity in its models at Art Hearts Fashion Los Angeles Fashion Week, from models with prosthetic arms to ones in wheelchairs. 

Her show also included models from all over the world.