East Perth teen with Down Syndrome starts modelling career

Jack McKevitt has Down syndrome and is keen to become a model.
Jack McKevitt has Down syndrome and is keen to become a model.

JACK McKevitt has always loved dressing up.

But when the 18-year-old with Down syndrome stepped in front of the camera for his first modelling shoot recently, it was clear his passion was more than a pastime.

Jack’s mum Rosanna said although he had trouble communicating verbally, his talent spoke volumes.

‘I am still smiling about it, I am really proud of him,’ Mrs McKevitt said.

‘His father wears a suit to the office and I think that is possibly where his love for dressing up started.

‘He likes to go clothes shopping and he does like to be the centre of attention, even though he is quite shy.’

Now Jack wants to use his new-found talent to address the issue of diversity in the modelling industry.

‘I didn’t know what to expect; we don’t even know if it will lead to anything,’ Mrs McKevitt said.

‘But I think we tend to focus too much on what people can’t do when we need to focus on their skills, talents and passion.’

Inclusive WA transition co-ordinator Graham Gladman is a friend of the East Perth family and helped organise Jack’s first photo shoot.

Mr Gladman said they hoped Jack’s message of diversity would prompt a change in mainstream media.

‘Advertising and marketing is very exclusive and it doesn’t do a very good job of representing all demographics across the community,’ Mr Gladman said.

Jack will continue to do what he loves and hopes to build his modelling portfolio in the process.