Madeline Stuart is charming the modelling world yet again, and this time she's transforming herself into a bride to do so.
Stuart, the only professional adult model with Down Syndrome in the world, has been making revolutionary steps in the fashion industry since she launched her career. She has walked New York Fashion Week (twice), she's landed a campaign with a body-positive fitness brand, Manifesta, and has appeared in numerous magazines. The 19-year-old Australian is doing it all.
And now, she's taking on the bridal industry with a new photo shoot organized by Isadora Martin-Dye and her husband Ben Rinder, the owners of Rixey Manor, a wedding venue in Virginia, in an effort to diversify the wedding-planning industry.
Only @madelinesmodelling_ could make this @ja_bridal dress look even more spectacular! @avalaurennebride provided this perfect gown for Madeline to wear and it was like a dream come true!! Madeline was an #avalaurennebride for a day!! Venue: @rixeymanor H&MUA: @vanityaffairweddings Flowers: @goodearthflowers Portrait by me! @sarahhoustonphotography #madelinestuart #inspiration #theknot
"A lot of newly engaged women cannot see themselves as a bride because all the images magazines use are of these tall, thin models," Martin-Dye said in a statement according to People.com. "I think that being a bride is a life experience that every women should be able to see herself doing — and definitely not stressing about the fact that they wont look ‘perfect’ on their wedding day."
Alongside male model Quaid Coxsey, Stuart models the Ava Laurenne Bride gowns with lace details, tiered princess skirts, embellished bodices and plunging necklines.
"It was truly such a magical shoot that I am forever grateful to have been a part of. Madeline is so sweet and full of love, laughter & pure joy-it was truly such a highlight to meet her❤️ thank you Madeline!!" photographer Sarah Houston wrote on Instagram.
@madelinesmodelling_ gave me the honor of photographing her for a bridal inspired shoot at @rixeymanor. @avalaurennebride provided two stunning gowns for her to wear and it was truly such a magical shoot that I am forever grateful to have been a part of. Madeline is so sweet and full of love, laughter & pure joy-it was truly such a highlight to meet her❤️ thank you Madeline!!
"I hope through modelling I can change society's view of people with disabilities, exposure to creating awareness, acceptance and inclusion," Madeline wrote on her website in the past, trusting she could bring down the usual unrealistic beauty standards created by the fashion industry.
We say Madeline is doing a gorgeous job doing so.
See below for all the photos from the shoot!