Valentina Guerrero, the famous model with Down Syndrome

Valentina Guerrero, whose name couldn't be more perfect because it refers to a brave warrior is a little girl who broke barriers, 

Valentina has been changing the perception of Down syndrome with a smile. She was the first person with Trisomy 21 to be the main model of a fashion campaign. In 2012, the Spanish swimwear

designer Dolores Cortés chose 9-month-old Valentina to be the face of her 2013 kids’ collection and appear on the cover of the brand’s American catalog.

"As typical parents, we were always taking pictures of our baby, and we realized that each time she saw a camera she knew exactly what to do; she posed, smiled and had fun," said Valentina's mother, Ceceliz, in an exclusive interview with Mom's Magic Book. "She is also very photogenic. The professional photographers were impressed by her performance in front of the camera."

Valentina's photo and story traveled the world from Brazil to Indonesia with more than 200 articles written about her. She is an inspiration for everyone. This little girl showed us that nothing can limit us, and that being different is beautiful. Valentina's braveness and spirit demonstrated how special people with Trisomy 21 are.

At her young age of 4 years, she accomplished what many models haven't. In 2014,  she inspired the brand Little Cotton Dress to designed a collection called Valentina. The clothes are for sale and 10% of the total profits go to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) in USA.

She has collected thousands of dollars for various organizations both in USA and her native country Ecuador.  In 2013, her face was seen on a big screen in Time Squares. Last year, she modeled for brands like GAP and Walmart.

Among other achievements, Valentina was chosen as one of the Top 10 Models under 16 years old, along with with Cindy Crawford's daughter and Kate Moss' sister. The newspaper El Comercio named her one of the three girls who change the world with Malala Yousafzi and Eva Merchan. She even received a letter from Nobel Prize nominee, Lenin Moreno, during his tenure as Vice President of Ecuador, stating that she is an inspiration to the country. 

"The most beautiful part has been receiving messages from people from different countries telling us that seeing a story or advertisement with Valentina modeling changed their perception of Down syndrome; parents who felt lost after receiving the news that their baby had Down syndrome and now they have hope and see everything in a positive way . It is extremely gratifying to know that the existence of each of us has a valuable purpose," said Ceceliz.

For her family, Valentina is a blessing who has taught them a lot. And it has been their support and love what help her throughout her life and career. 

"She has so much  more to teach us than what we can teach her," said Ceceliz. "Perhaps the greatest learning that she has brought us are that we all have the ability to create change in ourselves, those around us, in society, and in the world; The potential and the strength of each individual is infinite. It is a matter of recognizing the power within ourselves."

Valentina and her family want to invite you to wear LOTS OF SOCKS on 21 March to get people talking about World Down Syndrome Day. Use one sock of a color and the other of a different color to start a conversation about how cool it is to be different. The idea of the socks comes because they look similar to chromosomes.

They also invite you to share your photos through Valentina's social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Ceceliz letter to mothers of Down syndrome kids:

"First, I want to congratulate you, because a highly spiritually evolved being has arrived to your home. Not everyone is lucky to have a person with Down syndrome close, and we do, that's a real privilege. Then, I want to remind you to treat your children as you would any other: go to parties with friends, give them all the love in the world, know that your child brings a valuable contribution and will go far, so it's a matter of cultivating all their values. Of course, the best things do not come 'free' so stimulation strive (with good food, books and music) in addition to their therapies. Do not focus on their momentary limitations but their achievements. Above all, absorb every teaching and enjoy this beautiful experience."

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