Finally! A Swimsuit Model We Can Celebrate

A cute kid is a cute kid, and 10-month-old Valentina Guerrero certainly ranks in the adorable category. And while she doesn't exactly fit the mold of a traditional child model, the Miami tot, who has Down syndrome, is the new face of the Dolores Cortés swimwear collection for youngsters, Adweek reports.

The seriously sweet girl is featured on the cover of the latest Dolores Cortés USA catalog, and she's also serving as the main model for the Spanish company's ads for next year's DC Kids, according to the magazine, which adds that Guerrero is reportedly the first person with the genetic condition to headline a well-known fashion campaign.

"People with Down syndrome are just as beautiful and deserve the same opportunities." Cortés tells Adweek. "I'm thrilled to have Valentina modeling for us."

Of course, this isn't the first time differently-abled models have been used in an ad campaign -- a child with Down syndrome named Ryan has appeared in recent ads for Target and Nordstrom, and the Daily Mail in London has reported on Taya Kennedy, a toddler with Down syndrome who was signed to a major U.K. modeling agency last year.

Still, seeing this little girl modeling a darling pink floral one-piece -- not to mention the fact that Dolores Cortés Kids USA is giving 10 percent of profits from the collection to the Down Syndrome Association of Miami -- has us grinning from ear to ear. See? Showcasing all types of beauty really can make a splash.

 

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