Meet Valentina Guerrero.
Valentina is a model. And not just any model: she’s “the face of Spanish swimwear designer Dolores Cortés’ 2013 kids’ collection.” That’s right. The face of. Like Gwyneth Paltrow, David Beckham or Penelope Cruz.
By the way, Valentina also has Down syndrome, making her star campaign a first for the modeling industry.
As Valentina’s mother says, “the fact that they are placing Valentina on the of a catalogue sends a very clear message of inclusion; all children deserve the same opportunities, regardless of their physical, economic, social, racial or medical condition.”
And what I love about this is that it’s not charity to feature Valentina in the catalog. She’s a cute kid! No, this is a win-win for Valentina and Cortés. Which is how inclusion works: it’s good for you and good for me.