Fashion Empty Runway.During a time when so many complain about the pressure to look a certain way in the fashion industry, it’s heartwarming to hear Madeline Stuart’s story. The young woman has been making waves for all the right reasons.

2015 Was a Big Year

Stuart became the first model with Down Syndrome to headline a beauty brand after walking the catwalk during New York Fashion Week, landing a contract with fitness line, Manifesta, and becoming the face of Glossigirl cosmetics.

In an interview with Today.com, Stuart explained: “It’s been a wonderful year. We have made so many new friends and learned many more things about the fashion industry, but most of all, we have received so much love and support from our social media family.”

In discussing the toughest part of this whirlwind year, the 19-year-old from Queensland, Australia said: “I think the long hours were the biggest challenge — and the huge amount of people backstage working at fashion shows!”

Fortunately, she has a huge fanbase – almost 100k followers on Instagram and more than half a million on Facebook – to give her encouragement when things get tough. They have been there with positive words as Stuart chronicled her weight loss journey.

Grateful for the support, the model makes sure that she is also there for others. She said: “People do contact us every day and say thank you for giving us strength and encouragement. Anything is possible.”

Journey Continues in 2016

Madeline Stuart’s modeling career is showing no signs of stopping. If anything the upcoming year could be even busier than the last. She will be working the New York, Milan and Tokyo fashion weeks and is slated to attend fundraisers in Uganda, Canada and Alaska. She’s also launching her own clothing line and will be organizing a charity fashion show.

Despite the grueling schedule, Stuart says that she feels “stronger now” and is looking forwar to “an amazing year to come.”