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18-year-old Madeline Stuart is like many models - motivated, fierce and camera-friendly.

One difference between Maddy and other models, however, is that she has Down syndrome.

The aspiring - and inspiring - Australian model is set to walk in the FTL Moda show at New York Fashion Week this weekend, which will mark the second time she has modeled during the fashion event.

After struggling with her weight for years, Maddy decided last year to get healthy and chase her dreams.

"I hope through modeling, I can change society's view of people with disabilities," Stuart wrote on her Facebook page. "Exposure is creating awareness, acceptance and inclusion."

Watch Maddy's appearance at her first fashion week below and see more of her on her Instagram account.


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