The concept of fashion sense has been changed a lot in the last few years. Chelsea Werner is just one of those Fashion models who is altering the shift of view towards fashion as we define it.
Even though she has Down Syndrome, that isn’t stopping her from landing some massive campaigns while promoting inclusivity in the industry.
Down Syndrome is a condition where an extra copy of the 21st chromosome is created.
It isn’t an illness, but like any genetic condition, it can result in a higher risk of other health problems.
Down Syndrome can also affect physical growth and appearance, and result in some developmental difficulties.
The effects vary quite a bit and while children with Down Syndrome may reach mental and physical milestones a little slower, most are more than capable of living active full lives.
Yet, they are often still discriminated against by people who think they’re dumb and because of how they look.
Before she became a model, Chelsea got her start as a champion gymnast.
Chelsea has been training in gymnastics since she was a little girl. With the help of her coach and through working with USA Gymnastics, Chelsea became a national champion.
She’s the four-time winner of the Special Olympics National Gymnastics Championships.
Chelsea primarily focuses on her floor routine but also competes in events like the uneven bars. Her gymnastics career has taken her to competitions around the world.
It’s the gymnastics that Chelsea credits for her confidence.
“I think gymnastics has trained me to be disciplined and to work hard,” she told A Plus, “In gymnastics, each new skill takes a very long time — sometimes years! I think that it has given me confidence.”
But when she decided that she wanted to become a model, Chelsea was met with skepticism.
“We contacted all sorts of agencies in San Francisco and L.A.,” her mom, Lisa, told teen Vogue, “and every one of them told us that there’s no market for a model with a disability.”
Recently, Chelsea signed with WeSpeak, a modeling agency that represents diverse models.
Since signing with WeSpeak, Chelsea has had the opportunity to appear in some huge campaigns.
One of those campaigns was for Aerie.
Aerie is one of the most body-positive brands out there today.
The company stopped photoshopping their models years ago, and besides Chelsea, they’ve also cast models with mobility impairments, prosthetic limbs, and models with chronic illnesses.
She also appeared in this ad for Petite Ave.
Petite Ave. is an online store that specializes in clothes for petite women. Chelsea looks absolutely radiant in this photo!