Ten-month-old Valentina Guerrero has all the makings of a child model: big, bright eyes, an infectious smile, and smooth skin. She also has Down syndrome.
According to Adweek, Guerrero is the first person ever with Down syndrome to star in a high-end fashion campaign. As the face of Spanish designer Dolores Cortés’ 2013 summer kids’ collection, Guerrero “walked” the runway last Friday at Miami Fashion Week. She will also grace the cover of Cortés’ 2013 DC Kids catalog, and is heavily featured in the brand’s US advertisements.
“People with Down Syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities,” said Cortés. “I’m thrilled to have Valentina modeling for us.”
In addition to featuring Guerrero, the designer also plans to donate 10 percent of the profits from the new line to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami.
What do you think about the brand’s decision to use Valentina as a model?