After walking the runway at a fashion show for models with disabilities, a four-year-old girl with Down syndrome won hearts and inspired inclusion.
Francesca Rausi, just four years old, did an incredible job walking the full circle of the catwalk as she waved, laughed and was cheered by an ecstatic audience. Many people saw that she was smiling from ear to ear the whole time she was in Malta for the charity event.
Francesca walked the runway with more than 20 young models with disabilities, ranging in age from 4 to 24 years old. The event not only allows our loved ones with disabilities to showcase their talents, but also serves to challenge society’s idea of beauty.
The fashion show creates a welcoming environment for millions of people with Down syndrome and disabilities around the world to see that they, too, are stunning.
Michelle Rausi, Francesca’s mother, is extremely proud of her daughter, who has already won several modeling and fashion contests. She won the Best Cutie Little Model award, as well as the Best Junior Super Model award, during a charity event in Malta.
In an interview with Metro UK, Michelle said: “Francesca has been modeling since she was very little.” “She adores him, and she was the first girl in Malta to take part in a modeling competition, where she won best junior model.”
She walked the runway with Madeline Stuart, a 23-year-old model with Down syndrome who was the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway in a fashion show. Madeline, who has been questioning society’s notion of beauty for years, is admired by both Francesca and her mother.
Michelle is optimistic that her daughter will one day fulfill her ambition to be a professional model, and she supports her because she is also working to raise global awareness of Down syndrome.
While some new parents are initially concerned about their child’s diagnosis of Down syndrome, the fact is that every child has a purpose and will be able to lead a full, happy, and beautiful life. Down syndrome affects one in 1,000 children, and it is estimated that more than 250,000 households in the United States have a loved one with the extra 21st chromosome. As the public becomes more aware of and empathetic towards Down syndrome, many companies have begun to hire people with the condition.
Francesca has now walked five events and her mother says she feels “very comfortable” on the catwalk. Miss Little Christmas was awarded, in addition to Best Photography in her category, to the adorable little girl. She has her own Instagram account and it looks like she has a promising career ahead of her.
Her mother commented, “I get very excited when I see her because I see her happiness in her eyes.” She “she is completely out of this world”.
The fashion event was created by charity organizer Tiziana Randisi, who attributes her inspiration to being able to create a place of inclusion for people with various disabilities. “Our goal is to achieve true inclusion by breaking down the mental barriers of people who see disability as a barrier,” she added. “Instead, we see it as a resource and wealth to share,” says the author.