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A mother who had her son rejected for a children’s clothing store advert by a talent agency because he has Down’s syndrome has fought back.

Mum posted a gorgeous photo of her son on Facebook, with the caption #changingthefaceofbeauty hashtag receiving over 125,000 shares.

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’, reports Daily Mail.

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.

Mrs Nash told WXIA that Asher’s ‘size, eye and hair colour’ all matched the criteria for the casting and added that her son ‘wears OshKosh B’gosh clothes every day’.

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.

According to Kfor.com a meeting has now been set up with OshKosh B’gosh.

UPDATE 2 November

Guess who is now the new cute face of OshKosh B’gosh? Congratulations little Asher. This is the best news ever!

“I am so unbelievably overwhelmed by everyone’s responses!” Mrs Nash said on Facebook. “Thank you so much for going on this journey with us, and we can’t wait to see what Asher’s future holds for him.”

Asher will be part of the upcoming holiday campaign with OshKosh B’gosh. Fantastic WIN!

This comes as quite a shock considering here in Australia many of our big company’s have embraced diversity and include children with special needs in various campaigns. Kmart and Target just two companies we have shared that embraced disabled children in their campaigns.

One cute little model that comes to mind is Parker Myles, he first came to fame after his mum entered a Bonds competition and he won. He has since also been announced Attipas Australia first Australian brand ambassador and face of their Spring/Summer campaign.

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  • what a lovely happy smiley face.

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  • Asher is a gorgeous boy indeed !
    I don’t know how many kids applied for this store advert, but only a couple will be chosen and many will be rejected and they all have to deal with this rejection. The mum of Asher didn’t accept this rejection and didn’t give up and sought & received the support of the public on facebook and social media.
    I have a child with Down syndrome myself. Personally I wouldn’t have done it this way.

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  • Asher is a gorgeous little boy,love his smile!

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  • Asher has such a beautiful smile. His eyes look different. So what!! He still has his individual personality and his natural talents will appear as he gets a little bit older. If all people were as placid and loving as those with Down’s Syndrome are the world would be a better place to live.

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  • He’s a gorgeous little boy, but ultimately it’s up to the client what sort of look they’re trying to achieve. Surely we don’t expect this child to be chosen simply because he has Down syndrome?

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  • He is a gorgeous little boy! I have seen that Kmart ad with a young Down syndrome girl, good on them, for breaking the mould of what a beautiful child should look like!

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  • He’s a cute little boy. The agency should have at least given him a go, even if they eventually chose someone else.

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  • And the Down syndrome was the only reason why they rejected him? What a questionable choice!!

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  • What a pity OshKosh B’gosh is not able to see the beauty of this special child, not able to embrace diversity !

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  • What a gorgeous little man and such a snappy dresser! He clearly is a natural performer, give him a go! This is his dream!

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  • He is a gorgeous little boy and obviously a natural in front of the camera. Embracing diversity can only a good thing – it sounds like OshKosh has a lot to learn yet.

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