Ellie Goldstein has taken the modelling world in her stride (Pictures: Getty)
Ellie Goldstein is taking the modelling world by storm backed by iconic brands like Vogue and Gucci and she’s only 21 years old.
The Essex-born model didn’t appear out of nowhere though and has been working in the industry since the age of 15, carving out her own path.
This hasn’t been without adversity as Ellie has Down syndrome, a genetic disorder caused by an extra chromosome which can impact all aspects of someone’s life from motor ability to cognitive function.
Ellie radiates confidence telling Metro.co.uk she feels ‘beautiful’ and ‘gorgeous’ regardless of the industry’s lofty beauty standards.
However, even when she’s being lifted up to the heights of Vogue’s cover star, she is still seen as an ‘unconventional beauty’ by the fashion magazine.
Ellie has been working hard to change the industry (Picture: Zac Walton)
Ellie said she’s always had good support in her career (Picture: Supplied)
The Brit helped launch a Down syndrome Barbie (Picture: Mattel/Catherine Harbour)
‘People like me lead to change slowly in the industry,’ she explained in an exclusive chat with Metro.co.uk.
Ellie, who is represented by diverse modelling agency Zebedee Management, added that there has been a positive change over the years, although it’s not been easy.
While more diverse body types are being seen on runways and in campaigns, Ellie notes this still isn’t common and there are those resisting inclusivity.
‘I do [see pushback], all the time,’ Ellie said, ‘People out there are not pushing for inclusivity and we need more diversity.’
The mainstream modelling and fashion industry has been continuously accused of championing unattainable body types and ignoring those with disabilities.
Ellie added: ‘I feel we need to have more inclusivity and always more sizes – big and small people.’
Ellie has always wanted to model (Picture: Supplied)
She’s written a memoir with her mum, Yvonne (Credits: Dave Benett)
She’s really excited to inspire others with disabilities (Picture: Zac Walton)
Despite the industry’s lack of space for those outside the conventional beauty standards – dictated by those within the industry – Ellie has had a positive experience in the world of fashion.
She walked in London Fashion Week this year and has famous faces like Fearne Cotton and Katie Piper cheering her on in her Instagram comments.
Ellie said: ‘People have always been supportive of me for my whole career and I had enjoyed every bit of it.’
Along with her modelling career, Ellie has danced at the Royal Opera House despite doctors saying she would never walk.
She has also gained a college degree, once again in the face of limitations suggested by doctors.
Against All Odds will be released this month (Picture: Supplied)
Ellie has been a professional model since the age of 15 (Picture: Dave Benett)
The Gucci model said she looks up to Marilyn Monroe for style inspiration (Picture: supplied)
The model is releasing a memoir, Against All Odds, which she hopes will ‘inspire’ others with disabilities to chase their dreams.
‘I feel really, really excited because I wanted to write the book to inspire people with disabilities around the world and help them,’ she shared. ‘I am really, really proud and I love it.’
Ellie added: ‘People need to know about me and my condition. We need more disability representation out there.
‘I can share what I’ve achieved so when people read it they will be like, “well she wrote her very first book”. I can’t wait for people to read it.’
She concluded: ‘Never give up on your hopes and dreams, be confident, be who you are and no matter what you do or where you are be out there and go for it.’
Ellie’s book Against All Odds is out on September 21.
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