A mom whose son was rejected for a children’s clothing store advert by a talent agency because he has Down’s syndrome fought back on Facebook, with a photograph she posted of him captioned with a #changingthefaceofbeauty hashtag receiving over 120,000 shares.
The clothing store has now met with her to discuss using him as a model as a result.
Meagan Richter Nash, from Buford, Georgia, submitted photographs of her 15-month-old boy, Asher, when the agency put out an open casting call for an OshKosh B’gosh advert, but was shocked when she was told that the firm hadn’t ‘requested a special needs baby’.
Meagan Richter Nash submitted these photographs of her 15-month-old boy, Asher, to a talent agency after a casting call for a clothing advert – but they were rejected because he has Down’s syndrome
When she asked whether the firm had specified that they didn’t want a baby with special needs, she was told that they hadn’t. The casting company had just assumed what was wanted.
However, Mrs Nash wasn’t about to give up.
Instead she posted the photographs of her boy, taken by Crystal Barbee, to Facebook with the message: ‘We aren’t giving up. This handsome boy is ready to show the world what #changingthefaceofbeauty is. We would love to model for OshKosh B’gosh.’
The post was subsequently shared and liked by thousands of people.
Meagan revealed that she met with OshKosh B’gosh this week and said they will know the outcome of the meeting soon.
She told SunnyVibes: ‘I want to first say in no way are we trying to petition Oshkosh. I am simply just trying to grab their attention to make them aware of an issue we are facing with children with disabilities today.
‘I have the same goal as the non-profit organization Changing The Face Of Beauty has, which is to get these companies to value children with disabilities as consumers in their advertisement.’
She added: ‘I don’t want Oshkosh to use him because of this fuss we are making on the Internet. I want them to use him because they value him and see how much he could contribute to their advertisement. Asher was born to be in front of the camera, just look at his pictures.’
Meagan said that Asher is a happy boy and ‘tends to always have a smile on his face’.
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