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These Portraits Show The Beautiful Faces Of Down Syndrome

"Who is perfect? Who can say, that we who have Down syndrome are worth less that anyone else? I choose to enjoy the life I was given."

Photographer Sigga Ella's powerful photo series First & Foremost is a collection of portraits that show the beautiful faces of people who have Down syndrome.

Sigga's project was inspired by an article written by a woman with Down syndrome named Halldóra Jónsdóttir–she's is a student, works at a library, is an amateur actor, musician and much more. Halldóra's article explains living with Down syndrome from her perspective:

There was this woman who wrote something about how people with Down syndrome should not exist. Therefore I would like to share my opinion. I have Down syndrome but FIRST AND FOREMOST I am Halldóra. My life is meaningful and good because I choose to be positive and see the good things in life. Who is perfect? Who can say, that we who have Down syndrome are worth less that anyone else? I choose to enjoy the life I was given, to be happy with what I have and make the best of what I've got...This is my opinion.

Halldóra's moving words inspired Sigga to create a photo series that shines light on how important it is to cherish the diversity of mankind.

Katrin – 7 years old

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Logi – 9 months old

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Halldóra – 30 years old

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Baldur Ingi – 2 years old

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Sigrun – 10 years old

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Birta – 3 years old

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Oskar – 60 years old

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Bjork – 55 years old

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Tinna – 16 years old

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Bjorgvin Axel – 23 years old

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Finn Bogi – 12 years old

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Oskar – 43 years old

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Gardar – 8 years old

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Svanur Jon – 6 years old

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For more information, visit Sigga's website at siggaella.com.

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