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Fashion house snaps up disabled talent

Eleanor Manton
Eleanor Manton Image credit: bbc.co.uk

A family with a young disabled daughter received some amazing news through lockdown when a fashion house told them their youngster had been chosen to model their autumn/winter 2020 range.

Parents Helen and Craig were so proud to see their two-year-child Eleanor, who has Downs Syndrome, taking her first steps unaided they posted a clip of her walking online.

Not only did the clip attracted numerous uplifting comments on Facebook, it also caught the eye of the team at JoJo Maman Bébé.

The fashion company asked Eleanor if she would like to model for their new catalogue.

Her mum believes the news has helped her daughter to become more independent.

Mrs Manton, from Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, said: "That's the reason why Eleanor is progressing so much, she has interaction with us both all the time."

She added: "Hopefully more companies are going to be more inclusive."

Helen and Craig had to take photos of their daughter wearing clothes sent by the fashion house because lockdown meant they could not attend photoshoots.

Helen said: "If children like Eleanor are seen in the fashion industry, it's going to keep raising awareness... and when people see children like Eleanor it's not a shock to them,

"I just want to raise awareness, that she is just like any other little girl and that having a child with Down's syndrome is a positive thing, not a negative."

JoJo Maman Bébé is a UK-based multi-channel maternity wear and baby clothing retailer, founded in 1993, with 90 stores in the UK.