10-Month-Old With Down Syndrome Gets Her Own Swimsuit Campaign
Since you probably need your faith in humanity restored after these things happened, we have a feel-good story for you: Valentina Guerrero, a 10-month-old Miami girl with Down syndrome, is now the face of Spanish swimwear designer Dolores Cortés‘ 2013 kids’ collection.
Although she is not the first person with Down syndrome to model, Valentina is considered the first to land a campaign with a well-known designer. Cortés showed her collection in Miami Beach last Friday, and brought Valentina out to walk the runway. The designer told AdWeek:
“People with Down syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities. I’m thrilled to have Valentina modeling for us.”
Valentina’s mother, TV host and producer Cecelia Elizalde (A.K.A. Ceceliz) told the Down Syndrome Association of Miami how she felt when the brand told her that they wanted Valentina to be their spokesmodel:
“I was excited mainly because the fact that they are placing Valentina on the of a catalogue sends a very clear message of inclusion; all children deserve the same opportunities, regardless of their physical, economic, social, racial or medical condition.”
Cortés has also pledged to donate 10 percent of the profits from the line, DC Kids, to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami. Check out the collection here, and look at the adorable photos from the campaign in the gallery below!