Swimwear Designer Plucks Model With Special Needs
In what’s believed to be a first, a Miami girl with Down syndrome is the new face of a major fashion designer’s ad campaign.
At 10-months-old, Valentina Guerrero is the cover girl for Spanish swimwear designer Dolores Cortés’ new U.S. catalog and will be featured in ads for the brand’s DC Kids line.
“People with Down syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities. I’m thrilled to have Valentina modeling for us,” Cortés said, according to Adweek.
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In addition to featuring Guerrero in her advertisements, Cortés also brought the youngster out on the runway during Fashion Week in Miami last Friday.
The designer has pledged to donate 10 percent of profits from the swimwear collection to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami.
Guerrero is one of a handful of children with Down syndrome who are stealing the spotlight in recent times. Earlier this year, a 6-year-old from New Jersey with the chromosomal disorder made headlines when he appeared in a national Target circular. And last year, a British toddler with Down syndrome scored modeling deals for a global toy store and a clothing shop.