Maddy, 18, wants to change the way the world views people with Down syndrome a.k.a trisomy 21--the most common cause of intellectual disability and a low intelligence quotient (IQ).
In a facebook post, Maddy wrote, "So 18 months ago I decided to turn my weight around and to concentrate on my health," sharing ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of herself. With the help of her mother she has lost 20kg. Fans from across the world say she's become a “fabulous role model for all young people.”
“Her doctors told me she would never achieve anything. When she was first at school, on the sports day some of the parents didn't want her to compete as they wanted their child's team to win,” Roseanne said.
It turned out Maddy has an army of fans on social media, however. Since creating her Facebook page in early May, Madeline has garnered 230,000 likes in less than two weeks, with articles about the unconventional aspiring model published in Italy, Sweden, Spain, Mexico, China, Ireland, Iceland, Argentina, UK and Turkey, just to name a few.
"Please celebrate this wonderful news my internet family to make sure everyone knows that a model rocking her extra chromosome is fully appreciated by society. This is our chance to change the world,"Maddy added.
With Maddy's modeling career speeding up, her mother hopes everyone could see the glow that her daughter has inside. And if that's what real beauty actually is, then "most of the models in the world would have Down syndrome," her mother notes.
This is so touching and inspiring! I believe where there is a will, there is a way.