A couple of months ago Target did an add in one of their flyers. Their model, a beautiful little girl who happen to have Down syndrome. When I saw the add I was giddy! I thought finally, our children were being shown for what they were, beautiful children who play, laugh, learn and have friends like every other child.
Now again, Target uses yet another child who happens to have Down syndrome as one of their models. A Cute little boy named Ryan.
Ryan also modeled for Nordstrom's this past summer.
The thing that I like best is Target didn't advertise that they had used a model who happen to have Down syndrome. They added a child that society and medical professionals often say we should throw out. They added a child who happen to have Down syndrome and to them he was just another child and part of their team. Noah'sdad.com described it best in his latest blog entry called Target is 'Down' With Down Syndrome: 5 Things Target Said By Saying Nothing At All.
Ryan's modeling story also made it to the MSNBC's The Look on the Today Show's website, you can go check that out here.