All these kids are naturals in entrance of the digicam, as properly they could be. For they’re all skilled fashions incomes their first pay packets. And so they have one different factor in widespread: all of them have Down’s syndrome. 

The kids have been given a begin in a glamorous profession due to Sheffield-based company Zebedee, which prides itself on using folks with various disabilities. 

It has now teamed up with the Radical Magnificence Venture to mark Down’s Syndrome Day tomorrow. 

Right here, the proud mums of eight of the fashions who took half within the mission inform KATHRYN KNIGHT how they hope their kids can encourage others.   

All these children are professional models earning their first pay packets. And they have one other thing in common: they all have Down’s syndrome. Pictured from left, Ben, Holly, Sara, Grace, Gabriel, Frankie, Kush and Roni

All these kids are skilled fashions incomes their first pay packets. And so they have one different factor in widespread: all of them have Down’s syndrome. Pictured from left, Ben, Holly, Sara, Grace, Gabriel, Frankie, Kush and Roni

I WAS SO PROUD MY GIRL COULD DO THIS

Roni Littman, six, lives in Potters Bar, Herts, along with her dad Jon, 46, who’s within the Royal Navy, full-time mum Shelley, 43, and her five-year-old brother Jaiden. Shelley says:

Final yr at Jon’s dad and mom’ Golden Wedding ceremony anniversary get together Roni bought up on stage to sing and bought everybody stomach dancing.

Roni Littman, six, lives in Potters Bar, Herts, with her dad Jon, 46, who is in the Royal Navy, full-time mum Shelley, 43, and her five-year-old brother Jaiden

Roni Littman, six, lives in Potters Bar, Herts, along with her dad Jon, 46, who’s within the Royal Navy, full-time mum Shelley, 43, and her five-year-old brother Jaiden

The room was stuffed with laughter and pleasure and I keep in mind trying round and feeling stuffed with delight that our little lady had accomplished this — the little lady who, when she was born, we had been made to really feel by some folks could be little greater than a burden.

Roni being recognized with Down’s syndrome got here out of the blue. I keep in mind the medical doctors telling us how sorry they had been. That sentiment was all over the place: when you’ve got a child with Down’s, nobody says congratulations.

But to us Roni was identical to every other child. She was cute and curious. And whereas she was, and is, slower to hit her milestones, and can all the time face the challenges of her situation, she’s all the time been fiercely impartial.

There’s no actual purpose why, with the suitable help, she can’t obtain what she desires like every other baby.

A pure performer, Roni signed with Zebedee final yr and has accomplished TV adverts, campaigns, catwalk reveals and appeared in TV reveals. At her mainstream college they assume she’s well-known — youngsters shout: ‘You’re Roni’s mum.’

BEN COMES HOME BEAMING EVERY TIME

Ben Bird, 13, lives with his parents, Ray and Anna in Crawley, West Sussex. Anna, 57, is a nurse and Ray, 64, is an operations manager

Ben Hen, 13, lives together with his dad and mom, Ray and Anna in Crawley, West Sussex. Anna, 57, is a nurse and Ray, 64, is an operations supervisor

Ben Hen, 13, lives together with his dad and mom, Ray and Anna in Crawley, West Sussex. Anna, 57, is a nurse and Ray, 64, is an operations supervisor. Ben is the youngest of six siblings: Nathan, 32, Dean, 30, Jamie, 28, Joshua, 25, and 22-year-old Jessica. Anna says:

After I grew to become pregnant once more at 43, we had been each ready for the truth that there was the next likelihood of a chromosomal dysfunction — one thing that was confirmed in a check. However from the second we set eyes on Ben, we simply fell in love with him. He simply fitted proper into our household, and was doted on.

From the second Ben may speak, he would sing, and is a pure performer, with a fantastic reminiscence for strains. Aged 5, he joined a theatre academy, which he liked.

Since he’s been modelling and performing, Ben has gone from energy to energy. He’s been in coaching movies and labored on campaigns for Matalan and Lidl. Ben’s additionally accomplished filming for CBBC.

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He’s earned a couple of hundred kilos — sufficient to purchase the odd toy — however the primary factor is that every time he comes out beaming, and for us that’s what it’s all about.Now he’s a bit older, Ben is aware of he’s bought Down’s syndrome, however it doesn’t fear him in any respect. He simply sees it as that means he wants a little bit of assist — which is just about the best way we see it, too.

SHE WAS FEISTY FROM THE START

Grace Wharton, eight, lives on the Wirral with parents John and Cheryl

Grace Wharton, eight, lives on the Wirral with dad and mom John and Cheryl

Grace Wharton, eight, lives on the Wirral with dad and mom John and Cheryl. John, 47, is a lorry driver and Cheryl, 49, an animal nursing assistant. She has two older siblings, Hannah, 24, and 18-year-old Ethen. Cheryl says:

Grace was in hospital for 5 months after she was born. She had a few holes in her coronary heart and a big hole the place her oesophagus ought to have been.

She was actually poorly, but from the beginning she was additionally so feisty and strong-willed. I keep in mind one of many nurses on the neonatal ward telling me that Grace could be working rings round us when she was two and she or he wasn’t fallacious.

My eldest daughter calls her a sassy madam!

John and I had been devastated after we first came upon Grace had Down’s syndrome, however we rapidly decided that we might embrace no matter got here. That meant not listening to the medical doctors and their doom and gloom.

She began modelling when she was six as a result of everybody all the time instructed us how cute she was. We went to a check shoot with Zebedee and from the second she walked into the room and twerked in entrance of the photographers we knew she’d find it irresistible. She simply involves life in entrance of the digicam. Just a few weeks later, we discovered she’d been requested for a Disney marketing campaign and final December she was in each UK Disney retailer.

For us it’s not about any cash she earns — though it’s beautiful that she will be able to save one thing for her future — however the message it brings. Grace is simply Grace: a humorous, quirky particular person, identical to each different baby.

When Grace was born, I used to stroll down the road, paranoid that individuals had been staring. It’s humorous as a result of now I’m so proud that I need everybody to take a look at her!

MAYBE GABRIEL CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Gabriel Sohotha, five, lives with parents Suky and Rebecca in Huddersfield

Gabriel Sohotha, 5, lives with dad and mom Suky and Rebecca in Huddersfield

Gabriel Sohotha, 5, lives with dad and mom Suky and Rebecca in Huddersfield. Suky, 46, is {an electrical} engineer and Rebecca, 48, runs an arts college. Gabriel has an older sister, Ruby, 13. Rebecca says:

When Suky and I had been instructed Gabriel had Down’s syndrome a couple of hours after he was born, we had been each terrified.

We imagined all of the issues that we thought Gabriel was going to overlook — taking part in soccer and going to school.

It was much more of an emotional rollercoaster for us as a result of the being pregnant had been an incredible shock. I’d struggled to conceive in my 30s and we adopted Ruby after two rounds of failed IVF. Nevertheless, it didn’t take lengthy to adapt to our new actuality, particularly as soon as we bought in contact with different households and noticed how the one limitations had been in our minds.

Gabriel has had no main well being points and attends a mainstream college. Now he’s bought his modelling profession, too.

We utilized to Zebedee when he was 4 after seeing an advert on social media and Gabriel was a pure.

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Since then, he’s labored for River Island and Matalan — his posters are in-store in the mean time and he’s earned round £2,000.

Seeing the images blows me away, not simply because he’s my son. Gabriel got here into our world and turned it the wrong way up and now possibly he can assist to alter the world, too.

MODELLING GIVES HOLLY SELF-BELIEF

Holly Allan, ten, lives with her mum Alison, 48, and dad David, 63

Holly Allan, ten, lives along with her mum Alison, 48, and pa David, 63

Holly Allan, ten, lives along with her mum Alison, 48, and pa David, 63. Alison is a full-time mum and pa is a well being and security marketing consultant. They dwell in Derby with Holly’s brothers Ben, 12, and seven-year-old Nicky.Alison says:

Holly was an IVF child, that means David and I had been so thrilled the fertility remedy had labored that our perspective was we might cope with no matter got here our means.

After all, when the prognosis got here it was nonetheless onerous. I keep in mind taking a look at my tiny, new-born daughter and pondering: ‘She’ll by no means get married and have kids.’ However the identical time she was right here and she or he was ours and we needed to get on with it.

Holly made it simple for us, she was simply such a cheeky, loving little factor.

When she was about three, we had been approached by an organization that made particular disabled clothes asking Holly to mannequin for its catalogue. Since she joined Zebedee, Holly’s gone onto even larger and higher issues.

Up to now 18 months she’s accomplished campaigns for Alton Towers and the Sky Disney channel, in addition to a tv advert for Lidl.

She’s earned a couple of hundred kilos, however for me no matter she is paid is outweighed a thousand occasions by the arrogance and self-belief it’s giving her — and the message she is giving to others.

My love and delight in Holly is immeasurable.

HE’S EVEN GOT HIS OWN BANK ACCOUNT!

Frankie Porter, five, lives with parents Vicky Porter and Adam Goswell in Horbury, West Yorkshire

Frankie Porter, 5, lives with dad and mom Vicky Porter and Adam Goswell in Horbury, West Yorkshire

Frankie Porter, 5, lives with dad and mom Vicky Porter and Adam Goswell in Horbury, West Yorkshire. Vicky, 44, is a full-time mum and Adam, 39, is signalman for Community Rail. Frankie has three older siblings, Corey, 23, Millie, 20, and ten-year-old Charlie. Vicky says:

Frankie modelled for Marks & Spencer and he was a giant blue bauble in final yr’s Sainsburys Christmas advert. When he first noticed himself on the TV, I believed he would possibly burst with happiness.

That pleasure all of us expertise round Frankie now’s a great distance from how we felt when he was first recognized at delivery.

Whereas everybody was very sort, the final feeling was that this was one of many worst issues that would occur. I felt like we needs to be grieving, not celebrating the delivery of our lovely son.

That temper appeared to be throughout us: it’s very onerous to seek out one thing optimistic to latch on to. After all, that didn’t final — Frankie made certain of that.

From being a laid-back, simple child he grew right into a cheeky and loving boy who loved nothing greater than being the centre of consideration.

It’s one purpose I approached Zebedee. I despatched them a couple of footage and a few weeks later they bought in contact and requested to satisfy. They thought he’d accomplished modelling earlier than, as he adopted directions so properly!

Frankie’s made somewhat bit of cash and has even bought his personal checking account. However no matter money he does make can assist in direction of his future. A very powerful factor is that he’s serving to to alter perceptions. I hope that due to Frankie and different kids, mums in my place will probably be much less afraid.

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A CAMPAIGN WITH FRANK BRUNO

Sara Zeb, ten, lives with mum Jennifer, 36, and dad Shahi, 38

Sara Zeb, ten, lives with mum Jennifer, 36, and pa Shahi, 38

Sara Zeb, ten, lives with mum Jennifer, 36, and pa Shahi, 38. Jennifer is a stay-at-home mum and Shahi runs his personal well being and health centre. They dwell in Sheffield with Sara’s sister Erin, 12, and six-year-old Adam. Jennifer says:

When Sara was invited to a casting for Zebedee, I wasn’t certain how it could pan out at first. I knew she was easy-going and stuffed with enjoyable, however I needn’t have nervous: the second that she arrived, Sara completely bought into character.

It was a beautiful second as, again then, her older sister Erin was so shy and for the primary time Sara was doing one thing that Erin couldn’t do fairly as properly.

Not lengthy after that Sara bought her first paid job for Matalan bouncing on somewhat trampoline alongside Frank Bruno for its Souluxe marketing campaign, then a prime-time tv business.

She’s bought a few different massive names in her portfolio now. She did a ‘again to highschool’ marketing campaign alongside Erin, and took the lead all through. I’d labored with adults with studying disabilities, so after we had been instructed Sara had Down’s syndrome, it wasn’t scary for me.

So far as I used to be involved, she was a valuable new life. I feel my husband was extra overwhelmed — he burst into tears trying by means of the leaflets the hospital gave us.

Then, as soon as we bought house she was simply Sara — a beautiful daughter who is far larger than her prognosis. I hope that by collaborating within the Radical Magnificence photoshoot we will present different people who Down’s is just not one thing to be afraid of, however one thing to have a good time.

KUSH IS THE HEART OF THIS FAMILY

Kush Soni, five, lives with parents Hamel and Nisha in Hertfordshire

Kush Soni, 5, lives with dad and mom Hamel and Nisha in Hertfordshire

Kush Soni, 5, lives with dad and mom Hamel and Nisha in Hertfordshire. Nisha, 37, is a finance product supervisor and Hamel, 37, works for Google. Kush has two sisters — Keira, 4, and one-year-old Shailee. Nisha says:

When Kush was recognized with Down’s syndrome shortly after he was born, the paediatrician instructed us that we had ‘choices’.

It was clear she meant that we didn’t should take him house if we didn’t wish to — however it was unfathomable to me. He was my baby, after all I used to be taking him house.

I nervous that Hamel may not really feel the identical, nonetheless. I keep in mind turning to him and saying that he didn’t join this and I’d perceive if he needed to stroll away. He instructed me I used to be insane, that Kush was his son and he liked him.

Kush didn’t have the best begin. He was in intensive look after 17 days and was recognized with an toddler type of epilepsy.

The turning level got here when his child sister was born a yr later. Kush simply blossomed, turning into this intuitive, loving boy with a lovely infectious smile.

It was Kush’s smile that made a pal recommend that he ought to mannequin. We despatched footage to a couple companies, then we got here throughout Zebedee final summer time. Their ethos of inclusion and being happy with your variations chimed with the whole lot we stand for.

Kush hasn’t had any paid work but, however even when he didn’t earn a penny, it wouldn’t matter. It’s about seeing him flourish and making an attempt to do away with the negativity that may encompass a Down’s prognosis.

We wouldn’t change him for the world. He’s completely the guts of this household.

n downs-syndrome.org.uk 

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