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Target's newest model is an adorable 6-year-old with Down syndrome

Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM ET

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Ryan's mother says "the whole process of modeling is an extreme confidence booster" for the young model.

By Julia Rubin, Styleite

For all the controversy surrounding some child models, it gives us great pleasure to dote on the latest pint-size star. His name is Ryan, and he has Down syndrome.

The adorable 6-year-old’s latest modeling gig is for Target, and he also appeared in a Nordstrom catalog this past summer. Daddyblogger Noah’s Dad posted both of the photos, and Ryan’s proud mom commented:

We are very pleased that Nordstrom placed Ryan in their catalog. The whole process of modeling is an extreme confidence booster for him. He received so much warmth and caring from the Nordstrom crew that he thought they were there just for him! We are honored that Ryan is making the Down Syndrome community proud. He is a beautiful boy inside and out. He makes us better parents, and a better family.

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Nordstrom's newest pint-size model, Ryan, is just one of the gang.

The best thing about Target and Nordstrom’s casting of Ryan is that he’s not singled out in any way — he’s just another super cute kid smiling for the camera. The ads are inclusive, yet they aren’t trying to prove a point. They come across as completely ordinary, which in this case is a really wonderful thing.

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