The media is amazing (in the grossest way) at feeding us what they want us to see and hear. For decades now, models that grace the runway or take the fashion world by storm are usually wafer thin, abnormally tall, and far from the ‘normal’ body type or look.
Thankfully, there is a shift starting to happen in the fashion industry and new role models are walking down the runway – models with Down syndrome.
From babies to kids and high-end cosmetics to runway models, more and more people with Down syndrome are getting the representation they deserve. And how wonderful it is to see!
Here are 30 models with Down syndrome that are taking the fashion world by storm.
They are so beautiful!
1) Cora Bishop
Gorgeous, little Cora Bishop has the face of an angel. At just 7-years-old, Cora has already worked for companies and brands like Specsavers, River Island, Marks and Spencer, and Calpol. Cora is represented by Zebedee Management. Follow Cora on Instagram.
2) Jamie Brewer
“Jamie Brewer is an actress and model. She was the first person with Down syndrome to walk during New York Fashion week in 2015. She was also featured in Glamour Magazine and clothing line Cur8able. She is represented by KMR Diversity,” says The Mighty. You can follow her on Instagram.
3) Harry Britton
At just 17-years-old, Harry Britton has made quite the name for himself in the modeling and fashion world. Harry has also worked for fashion brand River Island as well as appearing on the front cover of Possability magazine. Harry too is represented by Zebedee Management and you can follow him on Instagram.
4) Karrie Brown
Happy and bright, seeing photos of Karrie Brown it’s impossible not to smile. Karrie started modeling in 2013 at the age of 17 for the clothing brand Wet Seal. Since then, she’s modeled for Kohl’s and Maurice’s and has even walked the red carpet at the Oscar’s. Follow her career and journey on Instagram.
5) Jack Brumpton
Jack Brumpton is certainly making his mark in the fashion world. At 18-years-old, he’s worked for Hunger magazine and nailed an acting role for training videos for the film academy. Jack is represented by Zebedee Management and you can follow him on Instagram.
6) Kennedy Garcia
With a face this angelic, it’s no wonder that modeling agencies have been clamoring over Kennedy Garcia. This young girl is a model, actress, and dancer who has worked for American Girl Doll, Disney, and Aetna. She’s currently represented by KMR Diversity and you can find her on Instagram.
7) Nino Genua
“Nino Genua is 20 years old. He has been involved in several campaign shoots. Nino is represented by Zebedee Management and you can find him on Instagram,” explains The Mighty. We have a feeling that Nino has a very successful career ahead of him.
8) Makenna Grace
With bright blue eyes and long, blonde hair, Makenna Grace is way too adorable not to photograph. This young model has worked with big brands like Target and recently played a student on the show “9-1-1.” Makenna is represented by KMR Diversity. Follow her on Instagram.
9) Kate Grant
Born beautiful, Kate Grant has landed a major gig with the makeup brand Benefit Cosmetics. At 19-years-old, she’s also been a part of London Fashion Week. Kate is represented by Zebedee Management and you can follow her on Instagram.
10) Mikayla Holmgren
“Mikayla Holmgren has worked for Volk Magazine, St. Croix Valley Magazine and Lake Times. She is the first woman with Down syndrome to compete in a beauty pageant during Miss Minnesota in 2017 and 2018. She has signed with several talent agencies, including Weismann, Moore and KMR Diversity,” says The Mighty. Find Mikayala on Instagram.
11) Julius Jordan
Cutey-patootey Julius Jordan has appeared in Parents Magazine, worked for clothing company Million Polkadots, as well as Coney Island Suites. Julius is also represented by KMR Diversity.
12) Chloe Lennon
Tiny Chloe Lennon is just 5-years-old and has a look that is just swoon-worthy. She’s modeled for fashion brand River Island, kid’s brand MiniMode, and food company Ella’s Kitchen. Lennon is represented by Zebedee Management and you can find her on Instagram.
13) Connor R. Long
Handsome Connor R. Long is an actor, model and Heartland Chapter 2017 Emmy-winning reporter. Keep up-to-date on what he’s doing by following him on Facebook, his website or his IMDB page.
14) Casen Lyon
Casen already has a modeling career and this little guy is just 3-years-old! He’s had the pleasure of working for Target and even had a recurring role on the TV show “Switched at Birth.” Tiny Casen is represented by KMR Diversity.
15) Lily D. Moore
“Lily D. Moore is a professional actress and model. She has starred in films, television episodes and national commercials. She has also done photo shoots on both coasts of the United States. You can find her on Instagram or visit her website,” says The Mighty.
The moment Asher was born, he was meant to be in front of the camera. Little Asher has worked for brands like OshGosh and Toys R Us. He’s also represented by KMR Diversity.
17) Jessica Parsons
Jessica Parsons is a young girl with big dreams. She’s an actress, model, and yoga instructor. She’s already been able to work with clothing brand Chico’s Runway. Jessica is represented by KMR Diversity. Follow her on Instagram.
18) Micah Quinones
Just 4-years-old and Micah Quinones has already had more success than many of us will have in a lifetime! He’s the son of model/actress Amanda Booth and is already an international model. Represented by KMR Diversity, you can follow Micah on Instagram.
“Sofia Sanchez is an actress and model. She has done photoshoots for brands such as Nordstroms, Pier 1, Walmart, Target and Build a Bear. She has also done commercials for Target and Build a Bear and appeared on an episode of the TV series “Switched at Birth.” She is represented by KMR Diversity. You can find her on Instagram,” reports The Mighty.
20) Gabriel Sohotha
Only five years of age Gabriel Sohotha was part of the Radical Beauty Project “a fashion photography campaign from Zebedee Mangement that shows the beauty and talent of models who dare to challenge the norm and smash out-of-date stereotypes about the capabilities of people with Down syndrome.” Follow him on Instagram.
21) Grace Strobel
Grace is a gorgeous 22-year-old and has been in six magazines so far, including Chesterfield Lifestyle Magazine. She also strutted the runway during Atlantic City Fashion Week this past February. Follow Grace’s career on Instagram.
22) Callum Swales
Callum is a young 24-years-old and recently participated in London Fashion Week. Up and coming Callum is represented by Zebedee Management and you can follow him on Instagram.
23) Grace Wharton
Disney immediately wanted to work with adorable little Grace Wharton. She’s 8-years-old and is represented by Zebedee Management. You can follow the cutie pie on Instagram.
24) Frankie Porter
“Frankie Porter is 5 years old. He has worked for U.K. supermarket Sainsbury’s (as the blue bauble in the latest Christmas advertisement) and clothing line Marks and Spencer. Porter is represented by Zebedee Management and you can find him on Instagram,” says The Mighty.
25) Kathleen Humberstone
This 19-year-old beauty has quite the resume! The young model has worked for River Island, Marvel, and other charities. She’s even been a speaker at a UN conference about her life with Down syndrome. If that wasn’t impressive enough – she speaks both English and French. Humberstone is represented by Zebedee Management and you can find her on Instagram.
26) Ellie Goldstein
17-year-old Ellie Goldstein isn’t just a model but she’s also an incredible dancer. Not to mention, she’ll be performing at the Royal Opera House soon! She’s represented by Zebedee Management and has a growing following on Instagram.
27) Zachary Gallegos
Here’s another young model that snagged a modeling job with mega-brand Target. Zachary is represented by KMR Diversity.
28) Ben Bird
“Ben Bird is 13 years old. Bird is an actor and most of his assignments are acting jobs. He has worked for clothing company Matalan, the supermarket Lidl and actor-in-training videos. Bird is represented by Zebedee Management and you can find him on Instagram,” says The Mighty.
29) Riley Baxter
Sweet Riley Baxter is only 4-years-old and has already worked for British company Mothercare for their ads as well as Jools Oliver’s Little Bird Clothing. Riley is represented by Zebedee Management and you can find him on Instagram.
30) Mia Armstrong
Mia already knows a thing or two about working with the big guys. She’s modeled for Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Tommy Hilfiger. Mia is represented by KMR Diversity. Follow her on Instagram.
It’s so amazing to see all of these beautiful young models making a name for themselves. Having people with Down syndrome represented in the fashion world is just the first step in creating a culture of inclusion.