Ellie is currently studying Performing Arts at our Redbridge campus and has already made her mark in the fashion and beauty industry. From Gucci to Adidas, Ellie’s modelling campaigns have inspired everyone to never give up on their dreams.
The bubbly student, who has Down’s Syndrome, was named as one of Fabulous Magazine’s Women of the Year 2021 for making the fashion industry more inclusive. Her name appears on the magazine’s list of fabulous women alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Adele!
Ellie, 20, is fast becoming a celebrity with an unveiling of a statue by Tower Bridge in London, as part of an Adidas campaign, called #supportiseverything.
The words on the statue say: “Ellie believes in the beauty of accessibility and the celebration of her own disability. Ellie has continually overcome societal norms to become a globally successful model. Her campaigns have broken records and she’s also featured on the cover of several magazines. As well as modelling Ellie is passionate about performing arts and dance, which provides her with the freedom to showcase her character and personality. Ellie believes that anyone with hidden or visible disabilities should be able to hope, dream and achieve the same things as everybody else.”
She has become a popular influencer on Instagram, where she has 90k followers and works with brands such as Adidas, TK Maxx, Vogue, Primark and Superdrug. She has even appeared on TV shows Loose Women and Good Morning Britain.
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’.”