Taya Kennedy: How Downs Syndrome baby became the darling of the modelling world


Smile that melts misconceptions: How Taya, who was born with Down”s, became darling of the modelling world

Star quality: 14-month-old Taya Kennedy. Retailers, including the Early Learning Centre and Mothercare, are already queuing up to feature the bright-eyed toddler in their advertising campaigns

Star quality: 14-month-old Taya Kennedy. Retailers, including the Early Learning Centre and Mothercare, are already queuing up to feature the bright-eyed toddler in their advertising campaigns

“When people say “poor you” I find it offensive and irritating,” said Taya”s mother Gemma

“After her birth, I was given a list of things she wouldn”t achieve; accomplishments she could never hope to master. It was so dispiriting… Now I take no notice of what the experts say,” said Gemma

“Taya is already standing. She is a strong little character,” said Gemma

“She wakes up with a smile on her face and goes to sleep smiling,” said Gemma of her baby daughter

Taya has learned to pose for the camera. She beams on cue and is always alert and interested

Taya has learned to pose for the camera. She beams on cue and is always alert and interested