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Meet The 7-Year-Old Who Became Marks & Spencer's First Model With Down Syndrome

"I want people to understand and accept everyone, no matter what."

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Meet Seb White, a 7-year-old who's become one of Britain's first child models with Down syndrome.

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Seb first became a star after his mum, Caroline, left a message of Marks & Spencer's Facebook page asking the store to feature him in a campaign.

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M&S subsequently selected Seb to star in one of its Christmas campaigns.

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Seb's appearance in the campaign was a big step in the representation of children with Down syndrome in advertisements and on TV.

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"M&S rang to ask if Seb would like to appear in their TV ad and I burst into tears," Caroline told BuzzFeed News. "Not because he had made it as a model, but because I really believed people with Down's syndrome should be included."

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"Seeing Seb on set with some of the coolest kids in the industry and being carried around by Jake Nava, who directed Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" video, was a moment I won't forget," Caroline said. "I was incredibly proud."

Since the M&S campaign, Seb has been snapped up for more modelling campaigns, including another one for Jojo Maman Bébé and Kinder Surprise.

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Caroline hopes his visibility will "help new parents facing a diagnosis to try and not feel the same unnecessary fear" that she felt when Seb was born. "I was invited to No. 10 Downing Street, I visited the House of Lords as an ambassador for the Special Olympics, and I was invited to speak at a TEDx event organised by Kings College London," she said. "I want people to understand and accept everyone, no matter what."

"It is a sad statistic, but well over 90% of pregnancies identified as having Down's syndrome are terminated," she said. "The idea that Seb doesn't deserve to be here is abhorrent to me."

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Caroline said she's very proud of her Seb's time in the spotlight – and his celebrity fans.

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But while Seb is having his five minutes in the spotlight now, Caroline said he's still a normal boy with lots of dreams.

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"I think he would love to play football for a living," she said. "He is very sporty – and good at most things he puts his hand to! He loves presenting too, if he sees a microphone then he is on it. But I think his dream job would be chief taster for Heinz tomato ketchup – he just LOVES ketchup so much!"