Meagan Nash, a mom from Georgia USA, was so excited to send her son’s pictures to Oshkosh B’Gosh, a children’s clothing company, but the management wasn’t at all interested in using the toddler as their model because he has down syndrome.
The company had just announced that they were looking for models, and 15-month-old Asher perfectly fit the company’s requirements. He was the right height and had the right eye and hair color as well. However, after Meagan sent in photos of her Asher, she didn’t hear a word back.
Meagan reached out to representatives from the company, who told her that they weren’t interested in using her son in their upcoming campaign, because they didn’t want “a baby with special needs.”
Meagan was heartbroken and angry. Talking to The Independent, the mom asked, “Did they say they were not casting a baby with special needs?”
Of course she understood the fact that not every child could be a model, but to deny her son just because he has an extra chromosome?
The annoyed mom posted pictures of her son Asher in the Facebook group Kids with Down’s syndrome with a message for the company. “Let’s make a difference – share so they see Asher! This handsome boy is ready to show the world what Changing the Face of Beauty is really about.
“We are working with Changing the Face of Beauty organization and trying to get Oshkosh to use him in their advertisements,” Meagan wrote in the post, clarifying that it was an agency, not the clothing company, that had turned down her son.
Baby Asher’s pictures captured by Photographer Crystal Barbee instantly went viral.
After the pictures went viral, the company Carter’s of which OshKosh B’Gosh is a subsidiary, reached out to Megan. The CEO asked to have Asher participate in an upcoming photoshoot for the seasonal channel.
“I’m still trying to process what happened, but I’m so happy with the outcome. They didn’t have to pick Asher. The point was for them to start using and including people with disabilities.
“He’s just so happy when he’s around people; he loves the attention. They saw that firsthand. When he walked into the meeting, both hands were up and waving, and by the end he was blowing kisses and didn’t want to leave. It was nice of them to see what I’ve been saying about Asher.” Megan told FoxNews.com.
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