Last week, Sofía Jirau made history as the first model with Down’s syndrome to pose for Victoria’s Secret. The images are stunning, yet the shoot’s launch set off ableists everywhere.
Critics have denounced her history-making achievement as objectifying, arguing that it is wrong to sexualise a person with Down’s syndrome. While vast swathes of the internet are embracing a significant milestone in disabled representation, others are alleging concern for her welfare.
Jirau is 24 years old and perfectly capable of making an informed decision about her inclusion in a campaign that she described as a “dream come true”. Despite this, some believe that her independence is a mask of deception and that the campaign manipulates her “special needs”.
Read more at: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/sofia-jirau-victorias-secret-downs-synrome-b2024418.html