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Today I want to introduce you to Ellie Goldstein, the first model with Down syndrome to appear in Vogue. Show that things change a little for the better by normalizing beauty in this "frivolous" world.

Ellie is a British woman from 18 años (He born in 2002) who has always dreamed of being a model. «The best thing about being a model is being able to show myself to everyone », Explain. Because he has Down Syndrome it seemed like a dream (even more) unreachable.

She started working as a model with 15 años through an agency that represents "Models with disabilities and alternative appearances”Called Zebedee. “Beauty doesn't care how many legs you have or what syndrome you were born with. We must redefine that perception»They explain from the agency.

Ellie Goldstein Zebedee

«Ellie loves reading, theater and dance, and has an outgoing and confident personality. Hers is a deep passion for the performing arts«, this is how they define it in the agency's file. It has star wood, sin duda.

In his native land has worked for brands like Nike, Vodafone and Superdrug… although international success has come thanks to Gucci. The line of beauty products of the Italian brand, Gucci Beauty, has turned Ellie into the image of L’Obscure mascara. And to make it known, they held a photoshoot in collaboration with Vogue Italia.

This union, both of the brand with the model, the photographer (David Hyde) and the magazine has been produced thanks to a talent show through Instagram whose motto was «unconventional beauty«. #theguccibeautyglitch

Ellie Goldstein Gucci
Image of Ellie published in Vogue Italia

Why did the brand choose?I designed L’Obscur mascara for an authentic person who uses makeup to tell the story of their own freedom in their own way.

Alessandro Michele, Gucci creative director
Ellie Goldstein Gucci
Ellie Goldstein during the photoshoot with Vogue

His photography on the Instagram profile of the brand itself has achieved almost 120.000 likes. Twice as many photos with Harry Styles or Florence Welch!! This support, he comments, has made him very excited «because it shows that people want to see other beauties ».

In addition, Ellie has met a great milestone since is the first model with Down Syndrome to appear in any of the Vogue headlines around the world. When there they asked him «What advice would you give to people who don't have confidence?», answered: "Be yourself and don't worry about what people think of you".