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See Asher Nash, Adorable Toddler Model with Down Syndrome, in His First Photo Shoot

A journey that started with "no" has lead to a resounding "YES!"

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Remember Asher Nash, the adorable toddler with Down syndrome who recently landed a modeling contract with OshKosh B'Gosh? We've got an exciting update on the tot's hot career, but first, a little back story.

Asher's mom, Meagan Nash, was initially told by a modeling agency that they weren't looking for kids with special needs. So she launched a social media effort to help kids like her son gain visibility in ads.

As she explained to CNN: "It's important to feature people with special needs in advertisement for three reasons. The first reason is inclusion. People with disabilities want to be included among their peers in life in general and being seen in advertisement is a part of that. The second reason, which is very near and dear to my heart, is acceptance. Without truly accepting my son and others with special needs, there can be no inclusion for them in the future. And the last reason is respect. Using people with special needs shows the world that these people have value and worth just like any typical person does."

Her message clearly resonated with OshKosh. Now, according to the Huffington Post, Asher is prominently featured in a series of holiday ads. Nash said Asher's shoot was "fantastic," and she could not be more proud of him.

"I set out to spread awareness on an issue we face in the world today, and people actually not only took notice, but they are also wanting to spread awareness and make a change like OshKosh did," she also told the Huffington Post.

Nash also said her son's too-cuteness has attracted other brands that also want to work with him! Good luck, Asher. We know we aren't alone when we say we could never get enough of your adorable, little face!

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.