Let's Cherish The Beauty Of Down Syndrome This 'World Down Syndrome Day'

Blessings to them!

Let's Cherish The Beauty Of Down Syndrome This 'World Down Syndrome Day'
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Julie Willson remembers clearly how her family found out that her little sister Dina had Down Syndrome - the doctor, who had a cigarette butt hanging out of his mouth, came into the hospital room and casually stated: "your daughter is a mongoloid". Dina was born in 1975 and lived for 35 years, which was 33 years longer than the doctors had predicted that she would. 

To keep the legacy of her beloved sister alive; the photo shoot honours her sister as well as the children portrayed in the pictures.

A happy marriage ceremony.

A happy marriage ceremony.

In 2009, when Julie got married, her sister Dina sang at her wedding. 

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A little charmer in blue.

A little charmer in blue.

Even before she took up photography as a hobby, Julie knew that she wanted to do a series of photos like this one.

True posers.

True posers.

She was unsure how to get models for her shoot, so she took to Facebook and was amazed at the responses she got.

Mere minutes after her Facebook post went up, she had emails and messages from people all over the place who had children with Down Syndrome.

Two very happy models.

Two very happy models.

Before anything else was set in stone, Julie already knew what she wanted her series to look like and the style she wanted to shoot it with.

All the clothes seen in the pictures were donated by Posh Peanuts boutique and Closet of HJK. 

These handsome chaps are aware of the good looks. 

These handsome chaps are aware of the good looks. 

Julie did the photoshoot as much for her joy as for the joy of others, with the memory of her sister always on her mind. With the photo series, she wanted to raise awareness of how a child with Down Syndrome can be a blessing to have. 

Gorgeous smiles that will melt hearts for years to come.

Gorgeous smiles that will melt hearts for years to come.

She also wanted to send a message to expecting parents out there who might find out that their unborn child has Down Syndrome and let them know that it's beautiful.

Julie states: "I'm hoping that I can help open the hearts of even just one family who may be contemplating terminating their pregnancy due to having a child with Down syndrome. Although you will have your ups and downs as you raise your child with Down syndrome, your heart will love that child thousands times more [than] you could ever imagine, and you and your entire family will be blessed eternally."

Even the smallest of us can't strike the perfect poses.

Even the smallest of us can't strike the perfect poses.

The shoot involved 11 children, but their families and friends were there to watch it unfold, and in total there were over 30 people present. 

Julie was incredibly happy with the results from the photo shoot, and it's obvious to see why - the results are gorgeous. 

Don't you think we should honour people suffering from down syndrome?