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'Hopefully I make people feel more comfortable around those with disabilities,' teen with Down's Syndrome lands two modelling contracts

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An Australian teenager with Down's Syndrome has landed two modelling contracts - and hopes to change the world's views on beauty.

Brisbane-born Madeline Stuart, 18, is fronting campaigns for US fitness brand Manifesta and lifestyle brand everMaya.

Stuart says she wants to "inspire business professionals to employ people with disabilities."

"It’s a way to express myself when words don't always come easy," she told Love Em blog of modelling. "Plus I get to embrace society and hopefully make people feel more comfortable around people with disabilities."

Stuart regularly posts behind-the-scenes pictures from her modelling shoots on social media and boasts 46,000 Instagram followers and almost 400,000 Facebook fans. 

Stuart is not the only high profile woman with Down's Syndrome who's helping to break beauty and fashion industry barriers.

Back in February American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer, 30, made headlines across the world when she took to the runway at New York Fashion Week.

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