Teen With Down Syndrome Got Turned Down For College, Now She Has The Last Laugh
After getting rejected twice from fashion design colleges in Guatemala, Isabella Springmühl, 19, decided to take matters into her own hands and fulfill her dreams.
Despite the fact that the universities rejected her based on having Down syndrome, Isabella didn’t let that get in the way of her passion for fashion.
Her mother signed her up for classes at a sewing school and Isabella began sewing clothing for small dolls. But she had bigger plans and began sewing gorgeous, intricately designed clothing for people.
Her hand-beaded colorful designs, an homage to her Guatemalan culture, caught the attention of the fashion world and she was invited to show her line at London Fashion Week.
She also made history being the first designer with Down syndrome to debut a collection.
Isabella also created a separate line of fashion for people with Down syndrome.
On her website, she wrote: “Because of the physical characteristics we have, sometimes it is quite difficult to find nice clothing that fits us well. That has been the main inspiration under the brand DOWN TO XJABELLE.”
She also designs beautiful handbags and scarves that everyone can enjoy.
“My message is not to have fear, because people like us are different, either men or women: we can reach our dreams. Even when we think ‘I can’t’ we have to overcome the obstacles and reach the final goal, try to reach our real dream,” she said.
You go, girl! You are such an inspiration to everyone out there with a dream!