Originally Rejected Because of “Special Needs,” Baby Asher Lands a Modeling Gig—See His Ad!

Unless you live under a rock, you probably remember when Asher, a one-year-old with Down syndrome, went viral in October after being rejected for a modeling casting call because it wasn’t for a “special needs baby.” Asher’s mom, Meagan, sent her story to the Kids With Down Syndrome FB page, and soon Asher was an adorably viral sensation! Here’s the post, to refresh your memory.

Let’s make a difference-share so they see Asher!

This handsome boy is ready to show the world what Changing the Face of…

Posted by Kids with Down Syndrome. on Monday, October 10, 2016

Well, after the WHOLE internet rallied behind Asher and his mama, kids’ clothing retailer Osh Kosh B’Gosh decided he would be just perfect for their ads after all! Now Asher is changing the face of beauty and modeling industry standards in a new Christmas ad. Check him out!

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I have to congratulate Osh Kosh on this move. I love several people with special needs, and I am 100% more likely to buy from a company that uses people with special needs in their advertising.

I also have to congratulate Asher’s mom, Meagan for advocating for him publicly and not taking “no” for an answer. Based on looks, there’s no reason Asher should have been turned down from that casting call. I have a feeling Meagan and Asher have opened the minds of many an advertising casting crew and hopefully their retail clients as well.

People with special needs are so much more LIKE the rest of us than they are different, and I’m thrilled to see the represented in advertising. The more our “typical” kids see their peers with special needs positively represented in the media, the more likely it is that they will be inclined to practice inclusion with the special needs friends they encounter at school, church, and other areas of their lives. This is a HUGE win for people with disabilities, and ALL  OF US!

Now, who’s headed to Osh Kosh with me to buy some Christmas jammies??


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.