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Meet The Aspiring Teen Model Who Is Redefining Standards Of Beauty

"Modeling will help change [society's] view of people with Down Syndrome," she writes. "Exposure will help to create acceptance."

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According to her mom, Rosanne, the lifestyle change has given Maddy a newfound energy and confidence.

She says her daughter wants to use that to achieve her dream of modeling — then use it as a platform to drive awareness.

With the help of her mom, Maddy explains on her Facebook page: "Modeling will help change [society's] view of people with Down Syndrome … Exposure will help to create acceptance."

But Rosanne also remembers a time when that realization was harder to come by for some.

"Things were a lot different 18 years ago. I remember having her in a [stroller] when she was a baby and small-minded people telling me she should not be out in public."

At the same time, Maddy — who is looking for an agent — is very secure in herself. And Rosanne takes every opportunity to encourage that in her daughter.

"I have made a point of never letting anyone be critical of her," she said. "[I tell Maddy] every day how amazing, funny, smart, beautiful, [and] wonderful she is."

It’s that confidence — and beauty, both inside and out — that Rosanne wants others to see.

"People with Down syndrome can do anything. They just do it at their own pace," she said. "Give them a chance and you will be rewarded beyond your greatest expectations."

For more on Maddy, follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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