Ellie Goldstein, a British 18 year old, is smashing through stereotypes to be the first model with Down syndrome to model for a high Fashion house. She landed the coveted role of modeling in a Gucci Beauty Campaign shot by photographer David PD Hyde. It is the first time a model with Down syndrome has been featured with the brand.
The shots of Ellie are simply beautiful, styled very simply in Gucci clothing and holding the new Gucci L’Obscur Mascara. Her beautiful long hair straight and sleek and a beaming smile on her face. She is an inspiration!
Ellie interviewed with Vogue, stated that she’s been modeling since the age of 15, where she landed a contract with Zebedee Models. She grew up in Ilford in the UK, and is joining a growing amount of models with Down syndrome or disabilities. Fashion is becoming more inclusive, which we see in almost all venues of fashion now with plus size models now being the norm, or models with vitiligo such as the fabulous Winnie Harlow. It’s truly heartwarming to see the culture shifting to embracing us all as human beings and not objectifying and pushing the ideals of perfection onto our new generation. It took a long time, but there is a shift.
Ellie clearly has a bright personality and a go-getting attitude that will take her far. I’m sure the Gucci Beauty campaign will be the first of many high profile campaigns she will have.
“Representation is very important to me — let the world see that anyone can model and act with a disability,” she told British Vogue. “Once people realize I can talk and have a great character, they are different towards me and they smile. There needs to be more positivity out there and people should give us a chance and not be so ignorant.”
“I feel so proud of myself, especially to have been chosen for this,” she said of the Gucci Beauty campaign, adding, “When I look at the images, I feel happy with myself, and all the likes and comments on social media across the world have been overwhelming.” As for what’s next, Goldstein said her dream job is to be on the cover of Vogue and to “show the world who I am and what I can achieve.”