Model With Down Syndrome Makes Catwalk Debut At New York Fashion Week

14/09/2015 1:51 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Disabled model Madeline Stuart from Brisbane, Australia hugs art director Pablo Patane during rehearsals for the FTL MODA presentation at New York Fashion Week in New York, on September 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO/TREVOR COLLENS (Photo credit should read TREVOR COLLENS/AFP/Getty Images)

Brisbane model Madeline Stuart has made her debut catwalk appearance at the prestigious New York Fashion Week.

Walking for FTL Moda, 18-year-old Stuart -- who has Down syndrome -- joined a number of other disabled models from around the world to tread the runway at Vanderbilt Hall.

An understandably excited Stuart has been documenting her experience -- including the 28 hour flight -- via her Instagram account. She has modelled both resort wear and couture.

Check out the first-look photos of her stunning debut below.


#madelinestuart #NYFW #FTLModa

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The beautiful Madeline #henrikvermeulen #ftlmoda #nyfw #ss16

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And, behind the scenes...



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