Zainika Jagasia, a girl with Down Syndrome, says, ‘I want to be a model.’

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Zainika Jagasia is a girl born with Down syndrome, says she wants to become a model. She has defied all obstacles, from modelling to baking delectable treats, to get to where she is thanks to her family’s love and support.
I was born with Down syndrome. There was little awareness of it, making it difficult for my relatives to comprehend the situation. I, on the other hand, did not give up. My family supported me, which motivated me to work hard and become today’s person.
My childhood was quite chaotic. When I was a few months old, my family began various therapies, ranging from Occupational Therapy (OT) to Physical Therapy (PT) and Speech Therapy. I devoted myself to academics and received an 80 per cent on my board tests.
Modelling gave me confidence.
I worked with my sister, Gitika, to live a healthy lifestyle, altering my eating and exercise routines. Weight loss was merely a byproduct, but it made me feel so much better about myself.
I’ve always wanted to be a model. My family agreed to set up a photoshoot for me. It was a thrilling experience. It was a beautiful experience being photographed for my first picture shoot. I was overjoyed and thoroughly enjoyed myself. While the enthusiasm was palpable, I was concerned about the end outcome, but I was pleasantly delighted when I saw the images. It gave me confidence, and I couldn’t stop smiling as a result.
She enjoys baking cookies.
I was first not interested in baking, and I didn’t particularly enjoy getting my hands filthy. I began working alongside my sister in her bakery on my parents’ advice. I eventually became obsessed with it. I had a lot of fun creating tasty treats, my favourite being chocolate cookies.
One day, I hope to work as a full-time model. I want to emphasise that everyone has a place in this world. You will meet people that adore and support you.

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