Indeed, beauty standards are constantly evolving, and some strange trends exist, such as BBL or buccal fat removal. However, the importance of representation is finally being acknowledged. People are seeing models on the runway and magazine covers who look like them. Ellie Goldstein, for instance, is a 21-year-old model with Down syndrome who is winning hearts worldwide with her beautiful smile, and she’s become a source of inspiration for many fashion designers and internet users alike.
Ellie was born in December 2001. while all her tests and scans were normal, everyone was shocked about her birth when the doctors said that Ellie had Down’s syndrome and heart problems that required life-saving surgery.
Yvonne struggled to look at her daughter’s face, which had tell-tale signs of Down’s features, but soon, she recognized how uniquely beautiful her new daughter was. So beautiful, she would quickly grace numerous covers of fashion magazines, such as Elle and Glamour, and even the legendary Vogue.
When she was born, doctors told her parents she would “never walk or talk”
“I’ll never forget the doctor who marched into my room after the birth, holding her up and saying: ‘This is Ellie, she’s got Down’s syndrome. She won’t walk or talk. She won’t go to university,” her mom recalled the fear-filled first days of Ellie’s life. I wonder what those doctors think of it now, seeing Ellie thriving.
With the help of her family, she proved everyone wrong – now she has a successful career
“We’d looked around some of the special needs schools, and the children just weren’t as able as Ellie, so we knew it was better for her to be around kids she could look up to and copy their behaviors,” Yvonne recalled.
She published a book, posed on the cover of Vogue and even collected the keys to her very own home
Ellie’s story is a shining example that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and that no one can stop a determined person. After all, when we think of models, we think of someone who looks stunning in high-fashion outfits and has a smile as bright as the sun – Ellie sure does.
Hopefully, we will see more representation of different beauty standards in the future. For now, when you feel bad about yourself, remember Ellie’s words: “I don’t look like them. I’m me!”
Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and most importantly, it has to shine from within
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