Friday, January 6, 2012

"Beautiful Inside And Out"

A gorgeous new model has emerged, 6-year-old Ryan. But unlike most models today, he has Down Syndrome. Ryan's been hired by two retailers, Target and Nordstroms, to appear in their advertising. There are two important things about these ads that most people probably overlook, but that shouldn't go unnoticed. Not only do I love how they've chosen to include him in group photos rather than featured in solo shots, solidfying that they get it, he is an equal, but I also love how neither retail made a huge fuss about it. They just placed the ads, knowing there's no need to single him out. While the ads are just ordinary, that's the beauty of them.

According to his mother, Ryan loves his new job. "The whole process of modeling is an extreme confidence booster for him. He received so much warmth and caring from the Nordstrom crew that he thought they were there just for him! We are honored that Ryan is making the Down Syndrome community proud. He is a beautiful boy inside and out. He makes us better parents, and a better family."

There's nothing like a heartwarming story to close out your week.

Photo: Target
Photo: Nordstrom


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