Ryan Langston, 6 years old and a child model who has Down syndrome, brought his style to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress' 28th annual conference on Saturday, which had the theme "Style Down Syndrome."
The theme came from a story written in GQ by John B. Thompson in 2011 that named Boston as the worst dressed city in the United States. "Boston suffers from a kind of Style Down Syndrome, where a little extra ends up ruining everything," Thompson wrote, which GQ has since changed.
The MDSC commented on inviting Langston as a Special Guest in a press release. "At our conference, we will officially take back what Style Down Syndrome really means: determination, integrity, hope, humor, and yes, style."
Langston has nationally starred in ads by Target and Nordstrom, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported.
When NBC Nightly News asked Langston in an interview at his home in Garwood, N.J. if he was a star, he replied, "Oh yeah!"
"We all want to see who's like us, and I think that they're no different than anybody else," Ryan's mom, Amanda Langston, told NBC Nightly News. "They want to see themselves included in the landscape that is, you know, our life."