An eight-year-old girl with Down Syndrome is now leading the way as one of the country’s youngest models.
Grace Wharton, from Moreton, Wirral, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome 10 days before she was born, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Her mother, Cheryl Wharton, said she and her partner tried for a long time to conceive a baby and were only told just shortly before her birth that she had the condition.
She said: “When I found out I cried for a day but then I told myself ‘she’s still going to be our little girl’.”
Grace was also born with oesophageal atresia, a rare birth defect that affects a baby’s oesophagus, and spent the first few months of her life receiving treatment at Alder Hey Hospital.