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What a star! Maltese model with Downs Syndrome featured on UK media
She’s such a cutie!

Jillian Mallia

Four-year-old model Francesca Rausi is no new face to the local modelling scene, having been featured in various modelling shows. The adorable girl is a special one - she has Down Syndrome, and her cause is to promote inclusivity. But while Francesca has already stole the nation’s hearts, the British media are next!

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In an article by Metro, writer Joe Roberts talks about how Francesca “can’t stop smiling as she steals [the] show on [the] catwalk.” And if you’ve ever seen Francesca in action, her smile is absolutely infectious.

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Francesca also “shared the runway with Australian model Madeline Stuart, the world’s first catwalk model with Downs Syndrome at a recent fashion event. Madeline, 23, has been credited for challenging society’s perception of beauty, and Francesca’s mother Michelle hopes she can follow in her footsteps,” Roberts says.

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Michelle also revealed that Francesca will be competing in next week’s Malta’s Junior Miss Christmas. “I feel very emotional watching her because I see the happiness in her eyes. It’s out of this world,” Michelle tells Metro.

Keep smiling, Francesca!

28th November 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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