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Victoria Giuricich is a 22 years old aspiring model and rhythmic dancer who resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. Victoria was born with Trisomy 21.
After finishing her schooling at Brescia House School in 2017, Victoria successfully completed a 6-month certified model training course through The Model Academy, South Africa. Victoria dreams of becoming an international commercial and catwalk model, following in the footsteps of Madeline Stuart, the first international super model with Down Syndrome from Australia.
In 2018, Victoria was sponsored by EVE (Empowered Versatile Enablement) to attend a garment design course with popular South African designer Isabelle Lotter at her SIES!Isabelle Studio. Under the mentorship of Isabelle, Victoria created 3 unique garment designs and was given the exceptional honour of showcasing her designs in her very own private debut show at South Africa Fashion Week in October of 2018.
In September 2019 Victoria jetted off to Milan after having been honoured with an illustrious invitation from M Missoni (a high-end Italian fashion house based in Varese, and known for its colourful knitwear designs) to be one of their promotional models for their up and coming show at Milan Fashion Week!
On the same trip to Italy, Victoria entered the Ragazza Cinema OK Cinecitta World Pageant in Rome. Victoria was awarded the “Miss Cinecitta World 2019 Special Award” which was an award given in memory of a well-known Italian film director. During the pageant, Victoria danced on stage with popular Maurizo In!
Victoria absolutely adores dancing and is an eager level 4 rhythmic gymnast, training towards competing at events like The Special Olympics and The Trisome Games in the future. During the current national lockdown, Victoria has been doing online, live sessions with her coach.
She loves doing drama too and being on stage and performing comes naturally to her.
In February 2020, Victoria was a finalist in the Top Model South Africa Diversity category. This is the biggest platform for new models in South Africa and is affiliated with Top Model Worldwide. The Diversity category definitely hit South Africa by storm as models with varied abilities were able to enter for the first time. Each of the 11 Diversity models were honoured with the “Top Model South Africa Diversity” title at the extravagant and spectacular Grand Finale at Sun Arena Time Square. It really is extremely refreshing and encouraging that the modelling and fashion industries in South Africa are coming on board with the rest of the world and embracing the fact that beauty is indeed incredibly diverse, thereby developing open minds and progressing towards inclusiveness, rather than the exclusive stigma the fashion industry has previously developed.
Victoria participates in community service through her church and has clocked 90 hours of volunteer work at Friends of Free Wildlife Animal Sanctuary in Johannesburg as an animal carer and chef!
Not just a model but an exceptional role model, Victoria is a wonderful example of a young lady who is working diligently and passionately towards achieving her goals and dreams in the fashion and modelling industry, as well as, in rhythmic gymnastics, whilst whole-heartedly embracing her diversity.
Her motto is: “You are enough! You have what it takes! Never stop smiling and shining!”.
The Down Syndrome Association of Pretoria/Tshwane is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) /Non-Profit section 18A Organisation (NPO) that does not receive any government funding and strives to provide support to people with Down syndrome and their families.
We are committed to finding ways to improve the quality of life of all persons with Down syndrome, promoting the idea that they have the right to live with independence, dignity and security as valued adults and full citizens in our society.