16-Month-Old Toddler With Down Syndrome Becomes Model
In our current times, looks are perceived to be almost everything, and one needs to have a flawless appearance in order to become a model.
A Georgia mom, however, has proven this wrong by winning a modeling contract for her little boy with Down syndrome.
Megan Nash learned of an open casting call for children’s clothing store OshKosh B’Gosh back in 2016, and submitted a few photos of her 15-month-old toddler, Asher, to the talent agency.
Yet, she soon learned that the photos were not actually submitted to the clothing company.
But, refusing to take no for an answer, Megan shared photos of her son on Facebook to let the world know about the incident. She hoped for him to at least be considered for the OshKosh B’Gosh add campaign, and thankfully her message reached the right audience.
One person at the agency emailed Nash, explaining that the agency did not pass on Asher’s photos because the casting call criteria had not specified they were looking for a baby with special needs.
In an interview for CBS news, Nash said: “That puzzled me and so I asked if they had said they did not want a baby with special needs,”
“When she said, ‘No, that they didn’t specify either way,’ I asked why we wouldn’t always submit him then?”
Asher seeks out and finds the joy and happiness in everything,” Nash continued. “He tends to always have a smile on his face.”
Asher’s mother learned of non-profit organization, Changing The Face of Beauty, who’s goal is to encourage companies to start valuing children with disabilities as consumers in advertisement.
Nash added: “They encourage families to share pictures on social media and tag brands that are not yet using kids with disabilities in hopes to change their minds,”
Upon seeing Asher, the company decided to give him an advertisement spot.
“I want the world to see just how amazing he is and just how amazing other people with Down syndrome are,” Nash told AJC.
“My intentions were not for me to tell anyone my son needs to be in there over anyone else,” she said. “I’m really just trying to take a stand for him and other children and babies and adults like him.”
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As of recently, cheerful little Asher has started school and taken part in the A&E Network’s “Born This Way” project. For a boy of such a young age, he has accomplished a lot, and we wish him lots more success in the future!