Story By: Gabriel Zamfir, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Picture Credit: CEN/Freda Roetjens Photography
A teenager with Down syndrome has been given a lifetime contract with a top modelling agency.
Shumeez Scott comes from the suburb of Mitchells Plain in the city of Cape Town in the south-western South African province of Western Cape.
The contract came as a huge surprise to Shumeez and mother Bahia Janodien after it was presented during a modelling show organised for children with Down syndrome.
The event saw 23 aspiring models strut down the catwalk.
The groundbreaking gala was the first one to feature children with Down syndrome as models, according to local media.
Scott was crowned as queen of Miss MWI (Magnificent Women Icon) Phenomenal SA 2018/2019 pageant which she won back in March.
After receiving a lifetime modelling contract with the Ace Model Agency at the event on 4th November, Janodien said: “It was wonderful. I have no words to describe the success of the event.
“The models were simply phenomenal. They were aged between 18 and 38, and I would like to thank the various sponsors.”
Janodien said that her daughter will soon travel to Nigeria where she will be honoured by First Lady Aisha Buhari.
The teen’s mum added: “My daughter is taking on the world, and we know she will do well.
“She would also like to improve her reading and writing skills, but for this she needs to go to a special school where the tuition costs are high.”