Sheer will and determination can lead to success. The two-time World Champion gymnast at the Special Olympics has proved these clearly. She is taking the modeling world by storm. She’s got featured on the covers of ‘Teen Vogue’ and has also walked for the New York Fashion Week. The young woman never views her disability as a limitation. It’s just a thing to make her different, and special.
Chelsea Warner wants to break the perception of the world about people with Down’s Syndrome like her. How? She has worked hard to let her talent shatter every stereotype one step at a time. A young girl who was said to have low muscle tone now becomes a two-time World Champion gymnast at the Special Olympics. Chelsea has made up a miracle in real life. Today, she comes into stardom on modeling, paving the way for people like her.
Chelsea was born with Down’s Syndrome. At that time, the doctors informed her parents that their baby girl would always have low muscle tone and that there’s nothing much they could do about it. Her parents were even more worried about the thing that Chelsea didn’t make her first walk until she was almost 2-years-old. However, Chelsea was born to shine and she never let her condition define what she could or couldn’t do. At the age of 8, she tried her hand at different sports and eventually found her calling in the world of gymnastics.
Chelsea’s road to success isn’t easy at all. Tears and sweat. It’s paid by her sheer will, determination, and countless hours of hard work. She gained recognition in the special gymnastics circuit and even went on to represent America at the first Down’s Syndrome International World Championship. Now, Chelsea is a two-time defending World Champion and after her fourth US National Championships win, she starts a new career — fashion modeling.
“I’ve been at the top the Gymnastics World for probably ten years now. I still enjoy it but it’s not my entire life. I got some great modeling opportunities through my gymnastics and discovered I really loved it!”. Speaking to Forbes about why she made the unconventional switch. Chelsea’s career change came at a time when the beauty and fashion industries have slowly begun shedding the unattainable body ideals they’ve held on to for long, and Chelsea is playing a pretty huge part in the change.
However, Chelsea doesn’t quite recognize the lack of diversity in these industries. Her mother Lisa, on the other hand, is appreciative of the shift in mentalities.
She said, “It is slowly becoming more diverse but what they typically consider diversity is usually racial or plus-size models. When it comes to models with disabilities it’s pretty rare. A large segment of today’s population has some form of disability – they want and deserve to be represented!”
Responding to her mother’s comments on the subject, Chelsea said: “I think it’s hard for all models. I’ve had a lot of challenges in my life and I never give up. I have a lot of people rooting for me and a good team behind me. I’m a very positive person and don’t see things as limitations. I’m pretty stubborn and work very hard. The way my parents raised me really made me feel good about myself,”.
Chelsea’s relentless hard work and determination have paid off big time for her. Since 2016, the young woman has been featured on the cover of Teen Vogue, walked in New York Fashion Week, and traveled across the world for big-brand campaigns. “I have always loved being in front of the camera – that’s where I got the nickname ‘Showtime.’ Whenever there is a camera or an audience I am at my best. I also love the travel. My first modeling job was for H&M and I filmed it in Havana, Cuba,” she stated proudly.
The way Chelsea fights the hurdles in her path and makes a name for herself in the fashion world has inspired millions of people, especially people with difficulties across the world who are glad to find representation in the mainstream. Many of them have reached out to her with words of gratitude for her work and the impact it has on the world. Speaking of how she feels about being a role model, Chelsea said, “I love it! Many times I hear it from parents of young children. If I can help give anyone hope that makes me very happy and proud!”