Ellie Goldstein is a fire truck, a young woman of the millennial generation who is changing the modeling history on her career paths. She has made a way for herself at 18, with several advertising names under her belt. Her photo shoot for Mascara L’Obscur from Gucci’s beauty range has been liked more than 800,000 times on social media. And later this month, the Down’s Syndrome teenager will grace the pages of Italian Vogue.
Miss Goldstein, of Ilford, Essex, signed with Zebedee Management, an agency that only represents people with disabilities, three years ago. She said: ‘I really enjoyed the modelling and loved wearing the Gucci dress. I’m really proud of the photo shootand would love to be famous. I’m looking forward to modelling for other brands.’
Her mother, Yvonne, said: ‘We’re all incredible proud of Ellie and all the lovely comments she has had on Gucci’s Instagram. She has always loved being in the limelight and in front of the camera, she’s very confident and good at taking direction.’
Miss Goldstein, who studies performing arts at a college in Redbridge, Essex, has already featured in a number of campaigns, including Superdrug’s 2018 Christmas advert, Nike and Vodafone.
Laura Johnson, of Zebedee, said:
‘Ellie is such a wonderful person inside and out.She lights up the room when she walks in and is such a professional. We really hope that all brands take note and including disabled models now becomes the norm. This is only one or two models in 10,000! Brands can no longer say that the “public don’t want to see” disabled models, as this Insta post proves otherwise! Inclusion of all people in the industry is so important, not only because it the right thing to do ethically, but also makes good business sense.
The spending power of disabled people is estimated at £249 billion per year – it’s a massive market!’
She added: ‘Ellie is such a wonderful person inside and out. She lights up the room when she walks in and is such a professional. ‘She is incredibly skilled and such natural beauty. This means the world to her, her family and the wider community. We really hope that all brands take note and including disabled models now becomes the norm.’
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