ILFORD, ESSEX (VINnews) — Ellie Goldstein, an 18-year-old Jewish model who has Down syndrome, recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a photoshoot sponsored by famous fashion and beauty chain Gucci. Goldstein will appear in the Italian edition of Vogue later this month. The teenager broke social media records when she appeared on the official Gucci Instagram page, culling more than 800,000 likes for her post.
Goldstein was born in Ilford, a small town in the county of Essex near London in the UK. In 2017, when she was just 15, Goldstein started modeling at the Zebedee Management modeling agency which provides services for models with disabilities. Research shows that only 0.06% of those featured in ads have a disability, reducing to 0.01% for fashion & beauty ads, but the agency aims to offer “sensitive representation” for those with disabilities who wish to pursue a modeling career.
Goldstein has featured in the past in campaigns with Nike and Vodafone but the Gucci shoot is her biggest campaign yet. In the campaign she models Gucci mascara L’Obscur. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele wrote on the Instagram post: “I designed L’Obscur mascara for an authentic person who uses makeup to tell their story of freedom, in their way.”
Goldstein responded to the huge positive feedback on Instagram by stating that “I really enjoyed the modelling and loved wearing the Gucci dress. I’m really proud of the photo shoot. She added that “I’m looking forward to modelling for other brands, ” suggested that the ambitious model has plans to continue her trailblazing career elsewhere.