Madeline-“We all have gifts, we are all special, we all bring something to this world and others, and that’s what’s worth celebrating.”

Meet Madeline: A girl encouraging inclusion in fashion.


Fashom: What do you do for a living? A Runway Career Model

A Runway Career Model

Fashom: What’s your general sense of style/fashion like? Do you stick to a particular kind of dressing – either feminine or masculine or do you experiment with both?

I go between casual, edgy chic to evening wear. I love everything in between, but unless out at an event, a night on the town, or the Runway, you would probably see me wearing one of my many leggings with a funky crop top, bodysuit, or trendy peplum top. Most of my attire is girly, flirty, fun, and definitely, pushes fashion bounds. Most say my style is one of a kind, it’s my signature many know me by. In fact, I am officially launching my long awaited Fashion Label; 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart, which will be shown on the Runway this February, starting at New York Fashion Week. I fashioned it after my daywear! I love to try new designs, even futuristic, and unisex pieces. There isn’t too much I won’t try if it fancies my eye.

Fashom: How much do you think the social norms and mainstream media have constrained people from expressing themselves?

Had you always been in the arts or fashion industry per say, you felt typically liberated to express yourself, because well – all great artists are here to push the envelope. However, if you didn’t live in a big City, conditioned to be unique, and raised to be BOLD and FEARLESS, then you may have felt timid to be strong in your own skin, confident in your own thinking, and happy to be original. However, over the last 5 years or so, especially because of social media, and because the masses are now generally accepting of being different; whilst everyone wanting to be the new and hottest thing out there, people are finally embracing change and are starting to seek it more in an effort to be the next top story and/or trending topic. This wonderful new era is providing inclusion, but now with social media, as talent is spread to the masses; people will do almost anything to be famous or be noticed. The tables have really turned.


Photo Credits: Photographer Irina Smirnova, Designer: Twisted Liar

Fashom: What can people do to overcome these constraints?

I lost weight to become healthy in general, which just happen to be around the time I wanted to explore being a model. Being overweight put a constraint on me well before I even became a model and it wasn’t the reason I lost weight. I struggled with keeping up with friends. Being a model, whether with a disability or not, is a very hard industry to break into and remain in. There is a lot of competition and continual need to be relevant, stay in shape, network, and have a tough skin. I don’t know every field or job, but I am sure most have their challenges to overcome, and I really think the key to success is to keep trying. You can’t lose if you keep being your best, pushing yourself, and standing in the face of adversity and fear and prevailing with confidence and a head held high.

Fashom: What do you think is the biggest misconceptions of individuals with Downs Syndrome?

Many think that having Downs means you are always happy. I am mostly happy, but we have emotions just like everyone else does. We feel. We hurt. We have pain. We have good days and bad days. I can’t imagine to know what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes, and other’s shouldn’t judge or speak with no experience of another’s abilities or life if they haven’t been in their shoes either. Just as all people have different levels of skills, intellect, and so on, the same goes with Down Syndrome. Just as we shouldn’t stereotype cultures or races, the same goes for anyone with a disability.


Photo Credits: Photographer Irina Smirnova, Designer: Twisted Liar

Fashom: Fashom: How do you want to overcome these misconceptions?

Knowledge is power. Education is the key to success.

Fashom: How do you deal with criticism from others?

I think turning a frown upside is the best possible. Why continue to spread hate, when I can share insight and love?

Fashom: What was the best advice you ever received about being true to yourself?
I get compliments all the time about who I am. Who else should I be or pretend to be? When you can get so much love just being yourself, why should someone need to act like someone else? We all have gifts, we are all special, we all bring something to this world and others, and that’s what’s worth celebrating. I guess what most say to me, is just keep on being me.


Photo Credits: Photographer Irina Smirnova, Designer: Twisted Liar

Fashom: Any message you would like to send out to the world?

Please spread love and not hate. Please spread the message of inclusion, and therefore yourself be inclusive. Find something that helps others and encourages them. We are all here for a purpose and if we can all just help each other a bit, we can make this world a better and safer place to live.

Fashom: What brand or designer would you love to walk the runway for?
Michael Kors

Fashom: Did you make any new year’s resolutions? If so, What were they?
I wouldn’t say that I have New Year’s Resolutions, but more so I just keep placing new challenges on myself to make me better, stronger, healthier, and be more proactive in spreading my message of inclusion. I want to grow my brand, so my team and I, have new heights and territory to explore.

Check out Madeline’s website & social profiles to stay up to date on her latest endeavors. Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Website

Note: Answers provided by Veronica Lee Anne, Madeline Stuart’s Publicist.

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