Ellie has been in the modeling business since 2017.
Ellie Goldstein became the first model with Down syndrome for the Gucci advertising campaign / Photo by Elliejg16_Zebedeemodel / INSTAGRAM
18-year-old Ellie Goldstein, who was born with Down syndrome, became the first model with special needs to appear for a Gucci advertising campaign and Vogue magazine.
Her parents call it a resounding success, and industry experts say a breakthrough in the diversity of the fashion industry, said in BBC.
Ellie’s photo, posted on the Gucci brand’s Instagram page, was a huge success, garnering nearly 800,000 likes and hundreds of rave reviews.
In addition, the girl starred for the online version of Vogue Italia magazine as part of the advertising campaign for Gucci Mascara L’Obscur mascara.
“I really like it. Thank you for this incredible opportunity and a great day of filming,” Ellie said after the photo shoot.
Ellie Goldstein became the first model with Down syndrome for the Gucci advertising campaign / Photo by David PD HYDE
Ellie has been in the modeling business since 2017. That’s when she came to Zebedee Management.
The agency calls its task the desire to increase the representation of people still excluded from the media space. Among them are people with disabilities, appearance features, as well as trans- and non-binary models.
Ellie’s girlfriend accidentally heard about the agency on TV and persuaded the girl’s mother Yvonne to take her daughter there. In parallel with her modeling career, Ellie is currently studying stage skills at Redbridge College in Essex.
In less than three years in the modeling business, she starred in the Christmas campaign of the supermarket chain Superdrug, as well as in a Nike commercial dedicated to the Women’s World Cup.
“We are all incredibly proud of Ellie and the wonderful comments she wrote about her on Instagram,” the model’s mother, Yvonne Goldstein, told reporters. “Our girl has always loved to be seen, she is confident and knows what she wants.”
Ellie is enthusiastically preparing for new projects.
“I had a lot of fun shooting Gucci dresses,” she said. “I can’t wait to work with other brands.”
In recent years, the modeling business has become more inclusive.
If models with dark skin or oriental appearance have long been successful, then models with curvaceous forms, transgender people and even girls in hijab – the latest trend.
However, people with special needs and disabilities still remained outside the scope of discussions about representation in the fashion industry. Vincent Peter, head of the large modeling agency Silent Models in Paris, says they have not yet received requests for models with special needs.
“Maybe something will change next fashion week, but so far everything is still the same,” he admits.
As UNIAN reported earlier, a guy with Down syndrome, who was the first with such a diagnosis to receive higher education in Ukraine, was offered a job.
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