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Remember last spring when we introduced you to Madeline Stuart? She’s the beautiful 18-year-old Australian model with Down syndrome who received a standing ovation and made headlines around the world when she walked in New York Fashion Week.

After inspiring millions around the world and challenging society’s perception of beauty last year, it has been announced that Madeline is coming back to do it all over again in February!

Madeline’s mom Rosanne has confirmed that her daughter will be making her triumphant return to NYFW next month, and is excited to once again walk for American label FTL Moda.

As excited as Madeline is to return to the famous runway, Rosanne says her main motivation for doing it is to inspire people who have felt isolated to make a change.

“The first step to change is becoming aware and the second step is acceptance,” says Roseanne. “I think 95 per cent of discrimination happens because people are not aware, they’re naïve. Just talking to people with a disability makes them feel included, equal and good about themselves.”

Roseanne says that if there is less attention paid to Madeline this year, it’s definitely not a bad thing.

“If she gets lots of attention it’s amazing because we can speak to the world about inclusion and diversity. In a way if she doesn’t get as much attention it means it’s becoming the norm. It’s a win either way.”

Madeline is now treated exactly the same way as all of the other NYFW models, with the same demanding schedule and pay scale.

“As a model she’s treated the same,” says Roseanne. “She goes to dress rehearsals, make-up rehearsals, does eight hours a day and is paid like everyone else. I think that’s amazing.”

Us too! We can’t wait to see her walk.

What can we say? We love Madeline: