Benidorm model with Down’s syndrome receives prestigious award

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BENIDORM model with Down’s syndrome receives prestigious US award.
Marian Ávila, a 23-year-old model with Down’s syndrome who lives in Benidorm, has received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy 2020 award. Ávila accepted the award online from Denver, Colorado in the early hours of Sunday morning, November 15.
Ávila shared the award with Grey’s Anatomy star Caterina Scorsone in a virtual ceremony, ‘Be Beautiful, Be Yourself’, which raised funds for scientific research. The Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) is part of a network of affiliate organizations that work closely together to significantly improve the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education, and Advocacy. The ‘Be Beautiful, Be Yourself’ fashion show attracted over 2000 virtual viewers from all around the world and received rave reviews from models, celebrities, honorees and the audience.
The model was recognised both for her illustrious career and for “using social networks to meet other people and gain visibility without prejudice or labels, and to help others.”
On September 8, 2018, she achieved the milestone of being the first Spanish model with Down syndrome to walk the runways of New York Fashion Week.
In an interview with the EFE agency shortly after learning about the award, Ávila said: “We can all fulfil our dreams.”
Ávila is the face of Levi’s current advertising campaign that advocates for diversity, and has also worked for the Spanish chain of department stores El Corte Inglés.

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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


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