A happy little girl with Down syndrome who is just four years old is quickly becoming an advocate for inclusion after taking part in a number of fashion shows and winning a number of modeling contests.
Francesca Rausi recently participated in a charity fashion show for models with impairments.
During her turn, she flawlessly navigated the runway while beaming and waving at the crowd the whole time.
In a film taken during the event, the little girl can be seen beaming with joy and grinning broadly as she walks down the runway among more than 20 other models of ages ranging from 4 to 24.
The girl’s mother, Michelle Rausi, who is 43 years old, is overjoyed by the accomplishments that her daughter has accomplished at such a tender age.
After winning the title of “Best Junior Super Model” in the Miss Junior Malta competition, she went on to win the prize for “Best Cutie Little Model” at a prior international event.
Madeline Stuart, an Australian model and the first person ever diagnosed with Down syndrome to walk a catwalk, was Francesca’s co-model on the runway.
Michelle has high expectations that her daughter, Francesca, would be able to follow in the footsteps of the 23-year-old who is recognized for questioning society’s notion of what constitutes beauty.
Michelle stated that her daughter Francesca has aspirations of one day becoming a professional model like Devon Aoki or Cara Delivigne, and she hopes that Francesca’s blossoming career in the industry will help spread the message of inclusion and raise awareness about Down syndrome.
Michelle expressed her feelings by saying, “I feel extremely emotional seeing her because I see the happiness in her eyes. It’s not even from this planet!”