October 14, 2019

A champion gymnast with Down Syndrome breaks stereotypes

Everyone is beautiful in their own way, that is what we have always heard as a child. But the reality of the terrain is quite different. Every time we open the television and tune into any modeling channel, we see the epitomes of perfection as if there was no room for a different-looking person. broke the roof and entered the world of modeling to show her own unique perfection. She has Down Syndrome, a common chromosomal defect that results in the delay of a person’s intellectual and physiological development.

She had participated in the United States National Special Olympics Championship, had won four times and twice won the World Championship. Winning, or rather, gymnastics has always been part of it. She was only a 4-year-old girl when gymnastics came into her life as a way to strengthen her muscles. According to her, gymnastics has taught her new skills, but besides that, she has infused it with confidence.

And probably, that’s all a person needs to get ahead with their dreams. And a little support from the family. The history of Chelsea could have been the same for any aspiring model with Down syndrome. According to the agencies, when they went to any fashion industry, they rejected it because there was no market for models with Down syndrome. But Chelsea insisted and her family never gave up on her.

And patience and perseverance paid off. Very soon, the company discovered it thanks to social media: We Speak, an agency that operates with the motive of promoting body positivity and inclusion in the world of modeling. Chelsea saw that, like many other avenues, the world of modeling had an underrepresentation of people with Down syndrome. She wanted to be the change. And fortunately, the founder of We Speak, Briauna Mariah, saw her bubbling and optimistic energy in a viral video. He discovered Chelsea’s potential to climb the ladder in the world of fashion.

And she did it! Since her first photo shoot, Chelsea has emerged as a global sensation. People admired her on all social networks and became a beacon of hope for many parents with children diagnosed with Down syndrome. Their inclusion and photos not only show that we are all beautiful in our own way, but it has also shown people with Down syndrome that nothing can and should not stop them. They are as capable as any other person of doing what they want. Chelsea has shown them the way to overcome their disorder and rise above it.

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