18 year old Madeline Stuart will model at fashion shows in New York, Milan and Tokyo next year, but not before dancing at this weekend's Bulimba Festival. 

(Photo:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/plus-size-prom-dresses)When Rosanne Stuart’s daughter was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, she was told that marriage, employment, school and even sport would be out of the question.

Since then, Rosanne has watched her daughter Madeline defy all expectations to become an internationally renowned model and advocate for people with special needs.

This weekend Madeline will be bringing her advocacy for the special needs charity ‘I Can I Will’, back to her home town of Brisbane.

As part of this weekend’s Bulimba Festival, Madeline and her ensemble of dancers will take the stage at ‘Jelly Run’ – an event involving two football fields worth obstacles and a lot of jelly.

In an interview with Clare Blake on 4BC, Rosanne Stuart said dance has changed Madeline’s life.

“It really has brought her out and made her such a positive, secure person in herself and she just wants to offer that to other people as well.”

While dance is her passion, Madeline has found unprecedented success in fashion with bookings in next year’s New York, Milan and Tokyo Fashion Shows as well as appearances organised in Brazil, South Africa, Canada and Uganda.

While Madeline and Rosanne’s advocacy efforts have attracted international attention on the catwalk, it is on the dance floor that Madeline will celebrate her 19th birthday this week.Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk/vintage-prom-dresses

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