Connie-Rose Seabourne, then a 23-month-old baby girl, is to become one of the most coveted models after winning two modeling contracts.
It all started when a lot of people told Julie Britton, her 40-year-old mother, that Connie-Rose should become a model.
The woman sent photos of the child to three agencies
and, to her own amazement, they contacted her to arrange a test photo session
to see how she would feel in front of the cameras.
Britton shared to the Daily Mail that she sent a picture of her daughter to a modeling agency and asked if they were interested, but that she did it just for a joke... she never expected to be answered, and less they would show interest.
"When I told
the agencies about Down's syndrome, no one seemed to care. In fact, I think it
was me who cares most about the issue."
Connie-Rose was born when she was only 7 months old, and at two weeks of age, doctors diagnosed her with Down syndrome.
assessed as being at higher risk of having a baby with Down’s Syndrome when I
was pregnant and could have had the diagnostic test to find out but I didn’t
want it because it just wasn’t an issue."
“We weren't bothered at all. We have friends whose children have been diagnosed with Down's Syndrome and have had nothing but positive experiences of children with the diagnosis.
There's so much support out there - it isn't a problem. It's just
another little baby who needs to be loved.”
The little girl behaved perfectly in front of the camera. She followed all the instructions very easily and had a lot of fun while they were taking pictures.
In fact, the girl already
has two contracts, although we can`t say with what agencies.
The mother explained that she took so many photos since the girl got used to it and added that if she decided that she doesn`t want to be a model, her family would support her completely.
"As soon as it
gets too much for her or she doesn’t like it, we’ll stop. The first sign that
she’s not enjoying it, we’ll stop," said Britton.
Britton also expressed her thoughts and feelings about Down syndrome and confessed that the biggest problem she faces is the lack of education about this disease. Many people believe that Down syndrome defines who Connie is, but that is far from true.
However, there is
so much available equity, inclusion and support that they are able to live a
normal life and allow their little one to have fun and grow like any other