When a number of child modeling agencies refused to work with Asher Nash, his mother sincerely could not understand the reasons. Yes, the child had Down syndrome, but he was a smart, charming and emotional boy. That is, he had all the necessary qualities.
The mother took her frustrations out on social media. And soon, to her amazement, representatives of a well-known children’s clothing brand contacted her and offered Asher a contract.
Like many mothers, Meghan Nash believes that her son is a miracle, and his smile can light up the room. No wonder, Meghan sent pictures of little Asher to several modeling agencies.
Meghan was surprised and upset when she started getting rejection after rejection from agencies.
The reason was simple: Asher had Down syndrome. And the agencies, as it turned out, invite children with special needs only to shoot in advertisements for goods and services for such children.
Representatives of companies cannot even consider special child candidates – after all, they are simply not in the database.
There was no place for children with special needs in traditional advertising or in the media. And Megan decided to change that.
Megan created a Facebook page dedicated to Asher, where she began to post his photos in abundance, drawing the attention of readers to the infringement of the rights of “special” children in advertising.
In addition, Meghan contacted major international children’s clothing brand OshKosh B’gosh, suggesting Asher to model.
Meghan Nash’s open letter instantly spread around the world. And soon representatives of OshKosh B’gosh got in touch with her.
“Our company thanks you for the efforts you offer to ensure the presence of children with special needs in advertising,” the letter says. “We, for our part, intend to ensure the participation of such children in our advertising campaigns in the future.”
The words of the company representative did not remain just words. They offered Asher a contract to participate in the next OshKosh B’gosh advertising campaign.
According to Meghan, she was not at all going to make a supermodel out of her son. She just wanted him to grow up in a world where he would have his place next to the rest of the people.
“I just want him to be seen as a person, not as a carrier of a diagnosis,” she says.