11 people who crushed stereotypes about Down syndrome

Jul 18, 2016 at 1:00 a.m. ET

Living with Down syndrome doesn't mean you can't be anything you want to be. Don't take it from me; just look at the incredible, inspiring stories of these 10 people who are crushing stereotypes and breaking down barriers for people with Down syndrome who, once upon a time, were left on the sidelines. Now, thanks to their example, society is able to see people with Down syndrome modeling, acting, running restaurants, making incredible art and serving their communities. 

Here, the beautiful Madeline Stuart shows off her grace and flexibility in a dance rehearsal. The 18-year-old Australian model wants to "make the world a better place" by showing the world just how beautiful Down syndrome can be. 

This post was sponsored by Born This Way.

1 /10: Tommy Jessop

1/10 :Tommy Jessop

2 /10: Connie-Rose Seabourne

2/10 :Connie-Rose Seabourne

3/10 :Melissa Reilly

4/10 :Megan Bomgaars

5 /10: Bernadette Resha

5/10 :Bernadette Resha

6/10 :Tim Harris

7/10 :Jenny Hatch

8 /10: Lauren Potter

8/10 :Lauren Potter

9 /10: Robert Lewis

9/10 :Robert Lewis

10 /10: Jamie Brewer

10/10 :Jamie Brewer