5-year-old boy with Down syndrome becomes a modelling star

Rebelander Basilan
Dec 19, 2018
08:04 A.M.
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Five-year-old Frankie Porter, who has Down syndrome, became a modeling star after posing as a bauble in the new Sainsbury’s Christmas advert.

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The boy has now appeared in high-street adverts for Marks and Spencer and Jeans for Genes, as reported by Daily Mail.

He now has more modeling projects lined up, with Zebedee Management overseeing everything.

Laura said Zebedee Management will do all it can to give Frankie and other people with disabilities a chance.

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“Frankie is an absolute superstar and definitely has that star quality,” said Laura, co-director of Zebedee Management, which exclusively represents people with a range of disabilities.

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ENJOYING THE PHOTO SHOOTS

Vicky Porter, 43, said Frankie enjoys modeling. “I took him for a photo shoot in March this year just to see if he liked it and he took to it like a duck to water and really enjoyed it,” she said.

“Frankie had always enjoyed having his picture taken but I was so proud of him after his first shoot,” she added.

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Porter shared how the Sainsbury’s Christmas advert took place. She said Frankie had to travel to London for rehearsals and filming of the advert nine months ago.

“There was a lot of waiting around which I was concerned about because, as well as Frankie's Downs Syndrome, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in March of this year,” she said.

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EQUALITY IN MODELING

Laura said Zebedee Management will do all it can to give Frankie and other people with disabilities a chance.

“We had no idea how the agency would go but we wanted to see some change and equality in the modeling business. Luckily it's gone really well and it continues to grow - in the first year we had 100 bookings but in the last few months alone we've had over 400,” she said.

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Another child with Down syndrome that has caught the public eye is John David, who melted hearts all over the internet with his ABC.

John David, who lives with his parents in Helena, Alabama, was only two and a half years old when his family went on a trip to Jacksonville.

His grandmother Pam Sapp filmed the adorable moment when she taught John David to say the ABC. The video has amassed hundreds of thousands of views on social media.

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