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Maltese Down Syndrome model Francesca Rausi featured on PEOPLE magazine!
YES, gurl!

Jillian Mallia

Francesca Rausi is Malta’s littlest star on the catwalk, and is now getting international attention from different media houses. Just last week, she was featured on Metro UK after taking part in a fashion show, even sharing the stage with 23-year-old Australian Down Syndrome model, Madeline Stuart.

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Now, PEOPLE magazine (yup, the real deal), has featured her on their website, even posting a cute shot of the little model to their Instagram. “A four-year-old girl from Malta brought smiles to the faces of onlookers at a recent fashion show — but none wore a bigger smile than her,” writer Ashley Boucher notes. And we couldn’t agree more!

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“Four-year-old Francesca Rausi, who has Down syndrome, was all smiles as she strutted down the catwalk at a fashion show for models with disabilities,” PEOPLE captioned the post on Instagram. “Her mother said that her daughter would like to become a professional model one day and hopes that Francesca will raise awareness about Down Syndrome.”

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The post has nearly 89,000 likes and many comments. And get this! American actor Mario Lopez (yes, the Mario Lopez) commented on PEOPLE’s post with “Beautiful.” Seems like little Francesca has a celebrity admirer!

What an absolute cutie!

3rd December 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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