Asher Nash is an adorable 15-month-old who was turned down by a modelling agency seeking babies for an ad — because he has Down syndrome.
That’s what the boy’s mother, Meagan Nash, confirmed when she submitted some cute photos of her son in response to a call for children to appear in an ad for Carter’s baby clothes and didn’t hear anything back for three weeks, reports Us Weekly.
“Something in my gut told me to reach out to them, because I couldn’t believe that he hasn’t gotten at least one call from them,” she told Inside Edition.
The reason she hadn’t heard anything, she was told, was because the agency didn’t even submit Asher’s photos for consideration because the company hadn’t “requested a special needs baby.”
This did not sit well with Nash. “I sat back all confused,” she explained. “I immediately wrote a well-thought-out message explaining to them my son had every right to be considered.”
The agency, she says, apologized and promised to submit Asher for future opportunities, regardless of whether clients are seeking special needs children.
Upon hearing Nash’s story, Carter’s OshKosh B’gosh brand released a statement: “We agree there is an opportunity for greater representation of children with special needs in advertising. We look forward to meeting with Asher and his family, as well as taking steps to enhance the representation of diverse children in our marketing.”
According to Nash, she and her family met with the company on Tuesday, Oct. 25. “We had our meeting with OshKosh yesterday. We would like to let everyone know that they will know the outcome of the meeting very soon! The after story will be on ABC ‘World News Tonight’ with David Muir on Friday,” she says, adding that she never intended to cast the company in a negative light.
“My goal was to spread awareness about the issue and my hopes were for OshKosh and many more brands to start including people with disabilities in their brands,” she adds. “The world is always changing and so is our perception of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities.”