Student Ellie defied the doctors and became a magazine cover star!

Student Ellie defied the doctors and became a magazine cover star!

Ellie Goldstein is taking the modelling world by storm after securing a Gucci contract and appearing on TV’s Loose Women and Good Morning Britain.

The bubbly Performing Arts student at New City College’s Redbridge campus, who has Down’s Syndrome, has also just been named as one of Fabulous Magazine’s Women of the Year for making the fashion industry more inclusive. Her name appears on the magazine’s list alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Adele!

Ellie, 20, is fast becoming a celebrity with her inclusivity campaigning and by being an influencer on Instagram, where she has 89.6k followers. She is working with brands such as Adidas, TK Maxx, Vogue, Primark and Superdrug.

She is living her dream – having wanted to be famous since she was five years old.

Ellie said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted and I’m proud of myself. I’ve broken down some barriers and shown that there are different types of beauty. People want more representation in fashion to include everyone with disabilities.

“My disability is just a part of me and I love how I live. I like being an inspiration to others who have Down’s Syndrome or other disabilities – they look up to me. I say to them, ‘Never give up, follow your hopes, dreams and ambitions. Believe in yourself, don’t be intimidated and never change’.”

Her success has been achieved despite the doctors telling Ellie’s family when she was born that she wouldn’t talk or walk or be able to live independently.

Ellie said: “I have proven them wrong. I even go to college and I’m confident and doing well in my career. I do need some help but my family, especially my mum are very supportive of me.”

Her mum Yvonne said: “Although she’s been modelling for about three years now, it all sort of kicked off last summer when she was asked to work with Gucci. Since then it’s got busier and busier with photoshoots for Vogue, Glamour magazine, Allure and lots of interviews online and on TV.”

Celebrities such as Paloma Faith, Katie Piper, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole are fans of hers, but Ellie still has her feet on the ground and likes nothing better than going to college or going shopping with her sister Amy.

Yvonne said: “She loves the college and always looks forward to her lessons. She’s doing a bespoke programme made up of Dance and Performing Arts, with functional skills in English and Maths. She really enjoys the environment and she gets on so well with all the teachers and the other students.”

Ellie’s next dream is to go to America to model and appear on the cover of Vogue – and there is every chance with the way she has warmed the hearts of everyone who meets her that it could happen very soon! Watch this space…

See Ellie on Good Morning Britain here and on Loose Women here