Four-year-old Seb White is like any other little boy his age – he’s happy, sociable and can tell when you need a good hug. There is one difference though, not every child gets the chance to star in a TV commercial for a major brand. Especially one that has Down syndrome.
White recently made his model debut, appearing in a British television commercial for Marks and Spencer’s 2012 Christmas ad. He's the first child with Down syndrome to be featured this way. (Wow, we are over the moon happy about this.)
The 4-year-old’s mother, Caroline, noticed that there weren’t any models with disabilities and decided to speak up about it. She posted a photo of Seb, along with a message, on the company’s Facebook wall.
“He has striking, unusual features, charms the pants off everyone he meets and his little face is full of magic and mischief. He also has Down's syndrome,” read the post.
The message got TONS of support and within a week Marks and Spencer’s brought Seb in to audition for the catalog. And as you already know, the rest is history.
We <3 this. Not only is this a huge opportunity for Seb, but it raises awareness about this issue. It is our hope (along with Caroline’s) that this helps change people’s attitude towards Down syndrome.
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