Model with Down’s syndrome breaks barriers with high-profile campaigns
Model and actress Kennedy Garcia had to overcome many obstacles to get to where she is today. The 16-year-old has Down syndrome and her early years were spent in and out of the hospital. But with the help of his doctors, family, and his own positive attitude, Garcia thrived. Today in good health, she’s a model who has run many campaigns with exciting firsts: she was the first model with Down’s syndrome to work for iconic doll maker American Girl and tween fashion label Justice.
Garcia’s success in the modeling industry is an incredible achievement once you learn about his health issues. The girl underwent more than 30 surgeries, leukemia and spinal fusion surgery as a child. Throughout it all, she kept a positive attitude, even when she was in pain or was very sick. But when she was just 6 years old, Garcia started modeling for clothing stores and her family created an Instagram account for her. That’s where American Girl reached out, and it led to her first big job in Los Angeles.
Since landing her gig at American Girl, Garcia’s career has continued to flourish with more models and actors in music videos and movies. She, like others with Down syndrome, is breaking down barriers as the modeling and entertainment industries become more inclusive. It’s the changing attitudes along with Garcia’s beauty and ambition that have encouraged her to see big in a career she is passionate about. âWhat I love most about modeling is meeting new friends on set and making others happy with my photos,â she told My Modern Met. âI also have a list of companies that I really want to model for someday, and I continue to work hard to achieve those goals, but I love every opportunity that presents itself. I’ve had so many fun jobs. ! I feel so lucky. “
Always inspiring, Garcia also wants to lead by example. “I hope when people see me as a model, they know people with disabilities can do anything.”
Kennedy Garcia is an actress and model with Down’s syndrome.
The 16-year-old overcame many health challenges to get to where she is today, but is now thriving in her career.
âI hope when people see me as a model they know people with disabilities can do anything,â she told My Modern Met.
Garcia was a featured model in the launch of Mille Bobby Brown’s makeup line, Florence by Mills.
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My Modern Met has granted permission to present photos of Renee Garcia.
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