At 23 years old, British Beth Matthews walked for the first time on the catwalk at the prestigious London Fashion Week last Friday.
A model for two years, the Welshwoman has already posed for numerous fashion magazines, including Cosmopolitan and Vogue, and recently appeared on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival at the beginning of the month. She signed a contract with the inclusive agency Zebedee Talent, like the “pioneer” Ellie Goldstein (Gucci, Nike, Vogue), her role model and greatest source of inspiration.
“I want to revolutionize the world of fashion”
He hopes that his presence will change the public’s view of people with Down syndrome because, although he now receives the same salary as others, his presence continues to generate derogatory comments. “I want to revolutionize the fashion world and make sure it has a little more space for people who are different like me,” she says. “I want to show that I too can lead a wonderful and full life”
“Every person has the right to live a good life”
Beth and her mother know she won’t change her mindset overnight, but they remain resolutely optimistic: “Everyone has the right to live a good life. Nobody deserves it more, nobody deserves it less,” her mother Fiona, very proud of her daughter, underlines to the BBC. When I see how she is an example and a source of inspiration for children with Down syndrome, she gives me goosebumps…”
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