Madeline Stuart on the Future of Beauty Standards

Aonly 19 years old, Madeline Stuart is revolutionizing the modeling industry by challenging traditional beauty standards. Stuart aspires to change the way disability is perceived, not just by the beauty industry, but by the public in general. Stuart, who has Down syndrome wears her disability with pride, and in doing so, inspires other young women to be comfortable in their own skin.

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What do you imagine representations of girls and women in the media will look like by 2040?

I believe that women will be represented as they should be – that is, as beautiful people of all shapes and sizes. We will not only see the tallest or the skinniest, but normal, everyday women.

As a woman who is breaking down traditional beauty standards and redefining what a model looks like, what widespread changes do you hope take place in the world of modeling in the next 10–30 years?

I hope we start focusing on our inner beauty, environment, health, and wellbeing. I hope that, with time, we all learn to love ourselves.

What do you think inclusion and accessibility will look like by 2040? What steps do we need to take in order to achieve this vision?  

I think we need to keep striving for acceptance and inclusion. I think this will happen. All good things come to those who wait and for those who strive for a better world.

What kinds of role models will girls be looking to in the future?

Probably their moms like they always have, and also people that make the world a better place to live in.

What does the future of the beauty and fashion industry look like to you?

Hard work but enjoyable times.

Read the full feature, The Future According to Women HERE

Learn more about Madeline Stewart here.

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Erika Streisfield

Erika Streisfield is an editorial intern at Idea Couture.