When Georgia mom Meaghan Nash heard clothes maker Oshkosh B’Gosh was looking for new baby models, she submitted photos of her 15-month old son, Asher, for consideration. “Sorry,” the company’s contracted agency told her, Oshkosh was “not looking for babies with special needs.”
You see, Asher has Down syndrome.
So Meaghan reached out to “Changing the Face of Beauty,” a non-profit that seeks equal representation in advertising and media for people with disabilities. Photos of Asher went viral. Oshkosh heard about it, met with Meaghan and Asher, and is including Asher in its 2017 marketing campaign.
As Meaghan told CNN, “Using people with special needs [in advertising] shows the world that these people have value and worth just like any typical person does.”
Yes, they do, and it’s because, as I’ve said over and over, every human being is made in the image of God. And that image is on full display in Asher—and in his Oshkosh B’Gosh ad coming soon.