Kayla Kosmalski, a beautiful 9-year-old girl will hit the catwalk as Gap's first down syndrome model.
The girl who lives in Delaware is breaking new ground and helping to change the face of beauty. She will be taken to the catwalk to model and celebrate Ellen DeGeneres's new clothing line for Gap Kids called ED. Kayla will be one of 14 children modeling Ellen's new clothing line. The event is organized by Changing the Face of Beauty.
"Kayla is intelligent and beautiful and kind and like every nine-year-old, sassy. It just happens she also has Down syndrome. When we got the diagnosis we decided not to let it hold her back. We want her to follow her dreams and passions just as every child should," said her mother Amy.
"As a family we work hard to disprove to the world that individuals with Down syndrome aren't any less human and deserve to be treated the same as any individual," she added.
"President Obama signed a act that allows people with disabilities to open special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs. Individuals with disabilities also can keep their Medicaid coverage no matter how much money is accrued in an ABLE account," reported the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.
Kayla has also been the center of attention at the Miss You Can Do It Pageant. She has also competed in an Illinois beauty show Miss Amazing and also a member of a dance team.
"Kayla is excited - she's practicing on a daily basis, looking in the mirror and getting ready. She can't wait to have a girly mum and daughter day. She loves Gap and loves fashion and getting her hair and make-up done, she's a typically nine-year-old," said Amy.
She added, "Kayla loves Taylor Swift and hip-hop dancing and playing on her iPad and texting her friends and she loves school. She wants to be famous - she wants to be on TV or be like Taylor Swift, but she did tell me that if she can't be famous she wants to be Mary Poppins."