Want To Know A Fun Fact About This Target Ad?

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That blonde-haired kid in the orange shirt is Ryan, a child model who appeared in a Nordstrom’s catalogue last year and is now featured in this Target ad above. Ryan has Down Syndrome, but his condition has not prohibited him from being featured in some prominent advertisements. Jezebel reports that Noah’s mother recently commented on his modeling jobs, saying:

We are very pleased that Nordstrom placed Ryan in their catalog. The whole process of modeling is an extreme confidence booster for him. He received so much warmth and caring from the Nordstrom crew that he thought they were there just for him!

We look forward to seeing Ryan’s little face in the pages of Target, Gap kids, and beyond creating more media visibility for kids with Down Syndrome – as well as acknowledging their existance.