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Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome Becomes A Model, Paving The Way For Others Like Her

Born with Down’s Syndrome, the most common chromosomal anomaly (1 in every 700 humans), Chelsea Werner (25) from Danville, California, is set to create a mark in the history. A four times champion of Special Olympics US championships in gymnastics has been signed to by renowned international fashion agency We Speak.

A gymnast since the age of 4, Chelsea and her parents believe that everyone comes with a beauty of their own and should never be ashamed of their body or looks. Chelsea started learning gymnastics to develop stronger muscles, as people with Down’s Syndrome have delayed physical and intellectual development and suffer from low muscle strength.

Her undying passion for gymnastics led her to many awards and accolades including four golden feathers in the Special Olympics US championships in gymnastics and Defending World Champion title twice.

Inception of her fashion career

Chelsea had been trying her luck in the fashion industry since 2014, but her applications would always get rejected on the very fact of her having Down’s Syndrome. The failures could never deter Chelsea from following her dreams. Her parents, Lisa and Ray Werner had always been supportive and kept pushing her to keep trying. They believed in their daughter and had faith in her undaunting spirit and beauty.

It was not until 2017 when We Spoke models scouts spotted her on social media and signed her as a model. Alike gymnastics, Chelsea has been fairing her modelling career with flying colours.

In an interview with A Plus, Briauna Mariah, founder and CEO of We Spoke admitted how fascinated she was by Chelsea’s remarkable development in modelling profession. She exclaimed, “I saw Chelsea’s potential to thrive in this industry and immediately reached out. It’s important that women feel represented in the industry.” Briauna also mentioned that she always believed Chelsea would excel to be a great model.

A rising star in the world of modelling, ray of inspiration for everyone

Chelsea has evolved as a social media heartthrob across platforms. Her followings have been on the rise and her fans can’t seem to get enough of her. Her fans are always looking forward to her bewitching photo shoots.

Chelsea believes her modelling career will spur a light of hope inspiration for everyone as “everyone is beautiful in their own way.” Regardless of the conditions one is born in, everyone deserves a fair chance and opportunity to achieve their dreams.

Commenting on Chelsea’s development in modelling Briauna says, “Chelsea takes feedback really sportingly and is a quick learner. Currently, we’re strengthening her experience in front of the camera, building her portfolio and brand. Soon I believe the industry will be just as captivated by Chelsea’s beauty as I am. I see her going far.”

Chelsea has become a role model for people with Down’s Syndrome who can now be motivated to spread their wings and fly high in all directions they want to. She believes that her achievements also boost the morale of the parents who often give up on their children’s dreams and would inspire them to push their children to follow her example.

Chelsea believes the people with Down’s Syndrome are highly under-represented and unheard amongst the crowd. With her achievements coming in the spotlight people will get the motivation to come forward and speak up their minds.

She believes the fashion industry needs to understand that achievements of people with Down’s Syndrome can inspire the entire world. Chelsea credits her years of gymnastics training for inculcating the traits of discipline, perseverance and confidence in her.

People like Chelsea Werner and Madeline Stuart are breaking all barriers and creating new normal in the world of fashion and paving a way for more and more differently abled to realise their potential and come into the mainstream. Kudos to the stars!
Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome Becomes A Model, Paving The Way For Others Like Her Champion Gymnast With Down Syndrome Becomes A Model, Paving The Way For Others Like Her Reviewed by Tim on August 15, 2019 Rating: 5

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