Gucci Beauty star Ellie Goldstein talks about breaking down barriers
ELLIE Goldstein embodies what it means to be inspiring.
The 19-year-old British model with Down syndrome is taking the fashion world by storm, showing just how much self-confidence can accomplish.
While she only started modeling three years ago, she has already been named the face of Gucci‘s Unconventional Beauty campaign, and this is just one of the many brands she has come up with. summer fashion model.
With an infectious laugh, she admits, âI’ve done so many campaigns now, it’s hard for me to remember them all. I wanna do stuff for Hollister – that would be nice.
She has appeared in Vogue before, as well as campaigns for Superdrug, Nike, Laura Mercier, Primark, Vodafone and the London Film Festival, as well as an advertisement for Adidas which will be released soon.
She can even count Nicole Scherzinger as a fan, after the Pussycat Doll shared one of Ellie’s model photos with her 5 million Insta followers.
It’s amazing when you consider that a doctor told her mother Yvonne on the day Ellie was born that she would never walk, talk, or lead an independent life.
So it’s no surprise that on our shoot, the 57-year-old assistant from Ilford, Essex beams with pride as she watches her daughter pose for the camera, then checks the results in meticulous detail, offering her opinions on his favorites.
Her positive attitude, along with her determination to break down barriers for others with Down’s Syndrome and pave the way for more diversity in the fashion industry, sums up what it means to be one of the Fabulous Women of the Year. .
Ellie, who lives with her mom and dad, property manager Mark, 60, says, âIt’s really exciting to be a Woman of the Year and to be able to do this shoot!
When I was 15, I wanted to be a model. I told my mom and she never discouraged me from doing it, instead she helped me find an agent.
I love to do magazine covers. Every time I do a shoot or an interview I really enjoy it.
Hope this inspires others to follow their dreams too.
It was in 2017, when Yvonne got a call from a friend telling her to turn on ITV’s This Morning, that Ellie’s life changed forever.
Gucci’s groundbreaking beauty campaign in July 2020 made her the first person with Down’s syndrome to pose for a major fashion house
The founders of a new artistic agency, Zebedee Management, specializing in disabled models, called on new stars.
Yvonne got in touch and when they first met Ellie signed on the spot – and never looked back.
Gucci’s groundbreaking beauty campaign in July 2020 made her the first person with Down’s syndrome to pose for a major fashion house.
An Instagram post promoting the campaign has become one of Gucci’s most popular, with nearly a million likes and comments from around the world, including followers with disabilities explaining how refreshing it is to see someone. ‘one like them in a premium ad. .
It also helped Ellie amass her own Instagram account of nearly 89,000.
âI was shocked to be approached because Gucci is such a great brand,â says Ellie. âI was honored to do it and I’m now famous for it. A girl at the dance school said, “Oh, I know you from Gucci.”
It was a little awkward, but it was cool. Although it’s a little weird when I see myself in the commercials. I’m crying. I don’t know why – these are tears of joy. I look at him and think, “Is that really me?” ” It is so good.
âMy mom and dad are so proud of me. My sister Amy , is so excited for me too. She always says, “You’re gonna do something amazing,” and she texts me wishing me good luck when I have a photoshoot.
âThe best thing about modeling is working with a team and styling. I like to wear all the clothes, do my hair and make up.
“My dance teacher Becca showed me how to pose for the camera.”
Along with her modeling career, Ellie hopes she will break down barriers in the fashion industry.
âI hope other people see me as a model and think, ‘If she can do it, I can too,'” she says proudly.
Be yourself, don’t be afraid of the camera and live fully
âI think it’s good that people can look up to me – it’s amazing when people say I’m a role model. I am fortunate to have never had bad experiences with bad people – people are always nice to me.
âMy advice would be to anyone who wants to do this never to give up.
“Be yourself, don’t be afraid of the camera and live life to the fullest.”
It’s clear Ellie loves the limelight, and between takes, she keeps the team entertained with her dancing.
She has been the center of attention her entire life. Her mother reveals that as soon as she could walk, she would strut into the living room pretending it was a catwalk.
And his first love has always been to play. Ellie started dancing lessons at the age of five and is now taking a performing arts class at a college in Redbridge, Essex.
âI would love to be a dancer and a model because I’m really good at dancing,â she says.
âAnd Ellie is also on track to achieve that goal, having appeared in dance productions at the Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.
In addition to the benefits of getting your glam, there is the financial benefit of being
one model, although Ellie has yet to develop expensive tastes, admitting that she spent her Gucci paycheck on “some Converse and Nike sneakers.”
Like any model, Ellie knows she needs to take care of her skin and maintain a healthy diet, but she’s not as rigid as some, allowing herself an occasional treat.
âI try to drink lots of water, but I also like milk and Fanta. I also like croissants, and if I need to cheer myself up, I’ll have McDonald’s. It makes me really happy.
Away from her glamorous job, Ellie is just like any other teenager
Has she become good at combing her hair and makeup herself after spending long hours in the chair on set?
âI can’t do my makeup myself because I’m too messy, but Amy is helping me. I love bright colors – I always feel glamorous with pink lipstick.
“I also like to have my hair done by a stylist, especially if they braid them or put them in pigtails.”
Away from her glamorous job, Ellie is just like any other teenager. In her spare time, she takes selfies and watches YouTube.
âI go to my mom’s laptop to watch my dance videos again. I like to practice my dance. I feel beautiful when I dance.
Ellie is also supporting The Sun’s Give It Back campaign, calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to restore vital funding for children with disabilities.
“Let us call on the Chancellor to return the Â£ 434million which has been cut from the budgets of disabled children’s councils and social services over the past 10 years!” she said, urging others to support the campaign.
Model, dancer, activist, is there something Ellie can’t do?
See model Ellie on our fashion pages on p22, and turn the page to see the rest of our Women of the Year 2021.