She’s strutted the catwalk at New York Fashion Week and rubbed shoulders with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. But one of Madeline Stuart’s biggest accomplishments has been getting fit.
The Australian model with Down syndrome recently revealed how she managed to get fit and lose more than 23 kilos. Madeline, now 21, first began struggling with her weight during the last year of high school.
‘It continued until she found it difficult to keep up with friends at dance and sport,’ Madeline’s mum Rosanne Stuart told Daily Mail Australia.
‘One day it all became too much, the puffing and feeling uncomfortable.’ Just a few weeks later, the Queensland native decided to make a change. As she first began her weight loss journey, Madeline ate smaller portions, cut out junk food, and began swimming for an hour every afternoon.
Now Madeline works out an hour a day, six days a week, with a personal trainer, where she mixes things up with both cardio and weights.
When she’s back in her hometown Madeline, who has competed in the Special Olympics, also plays basketball and cricket. She also dances three times a week with a dance ensemble she helped create at the InsideOutside Theatre Company in Brisbane.