Not even in my wildest dreams could I have even imagined this when Ariana was born. It was just one of those things that seemed so impossible, so crazy that it wasn’t even on my radar.
Are you guys ready for this????
Ariana will be walking in her first ever fashion show!! She’ll be walking down the runway for Zappos Adaptive wear and Runway Of Dreams Foundation. I can’t put into words just how I feel exactly. Proud. Excited. Anxious. Scared. I want to throw up and dance all at the same time. This is her first show ever and I’m hoping it won’t be her last.
Since Ariana’s birth in 2014 things in the Down syndrome community have been shifting. Inclusiveness is an at all time high in 2018 and I have so much hope for 2019. People with Down syndrome are acting, dancing, playing instruments, modeling etc. People with Down syndrome right now are paving the way for future children being born with Down syndrome. It’s fucking amazing and I’m in awe over it all. Like mouth wide open, jaw on the floor in awe.
Social media is such an influential and vital part of it all. You’re seeing the faces, you’re hearing their stories and you’re connecting with people of all kinds of abilities because the internet gives us the ease of being able to see into someone else’s life. We see their struggles and their triumphs. I really do feel like empathy is at an all time high. For some strangers to be able to understand and appreciate how hard our kids have to work to reach anything in life is such a relief! And I know we are making those connections because of all the social media platforms available.
Although the internet/social media can be a scary, mean place. It can really rip someone like Ariana to pieces. People can be cruel and cold. Ariana is amazing and I’ll be damned if I let anyone tell me otherwise.
In 2015 Madeline Stuart demolished barriers by becoming the worlds first model with Down syndrome. She’s walked the runway in New York fashion week and was featured in VOGUE. Can you even believe? I’m telling you if I could tell myself all of this on June 6, 2014 I would have fallen out my chair because I would have known that was just impossible.
Here’s a link to Madeline’s vogue article
Things have changed tremendously since Ariana has been born and I know there’s no stopping the change. People with Down syndrome are here, front and center. Demanding attention and I am here for allllllllll of it.