BY: Michelle Liew
Dutch social media influencer with Down syndrome, Enya, is breaking barriers with this new magazine cover.
The 26-year-old is the stunner behind the Instagram account Downsyndrome Queen, and she is now the cover girl for the latest edition of “Glamour” Netherlands.
“I cannot describe in words how much this means to me,” Enya said, through a Instagram post.
Enya shared footage of her seeing herself on the cover for the first time.
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Although this is not her first magazine cover, it is the first first major cover in the Netherlands featuring someone with Down syndrome.
Last year, the brand’s U.K. cover featured British model Ellie Goldstein, who also has Down syndrome.
“My first cover, but also the first major cover in the Netherlands with someone with Down’s syndrome on it,” adds Enya.
Enya’s Instagram account has more than 68,000 followers and is managed by her younger sister Céline.
With encouragement from her sister, Enya soon became one of the unique social media influencers with a wide outreach.
At the time, there were not many influencers with intellectual disabilities. Thus, Enya’s presence not only breaks stereotypes by carving a pathway for those with disabilities.
“Let this not be a one-off fun thing for other companies, but rather a doorway that leads to many possibilities. I hope that we will become standard in the fashion and beauty industry,” she said.