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Model and entrepreneur couple with Down Syndrome shatters stereotypes with their success
This couple redefines what "power couple" means.
Elijah Chan
06.15.22

The only limit that exists is the one we set for ourselves.

In the islands of Puerto Rico, a couple shows the world what it’s like to push and break boundaries. Through their disability comes empowerment and through their work comes immense inspiration.

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Chris Gonzalez is an entrepreneur while Sofia Jirau is a model. But what sets them apart from others is their innate uniqueness. And for them, their journey has just started.

The couple has Down syndrome.

And while most people around them already have preconceived notions about their capabilities, the couple decided to redefine their strengths.

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They launched a campaign called Sin Limites or “Without Limits”. Their campaign aims not only to bring awareness to Down syndrome but to also show the world what they can achieve.

Sofia Jirau embodies this campaign.

She made history by becoming the first woman with Down syndrome to work with Victoria’s Secret. Besides having a big following on social media, she also walked the New York Fashion Week carrying Marisa Santiago’s works.

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She also runs her own accessories brand called Alavett, which she describes as her “cry of joy to the world.” Her brand features a versatile line of everyday apparel like tote bags, pillowcases, and phone covers.

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Because of her modeling success, she also signed with one of the biggest cosmetic companies in the world – L’Oreal.

Meanwhile, Chris Gonzalez made his own records too.

He is a trained chef, barista, and entrepreneur who runs his own food truck business. According to his parents, Gonzalez was also the first person with Down syndrome in Puerto Rico to get a driver’s license.

He even has his own coffee brand that carries their campaign Sin Limites.

His father Eugene said that Gonzalez’s strength is his persistence.

“A couple of times he’ll fail, but he knows that he has to try and try again,” he said in an interview with CBS. “I guess that’s what we’ve learned from him. That’s a big lesson in life.”

Jirau’s mother, on the other hand, describes her daughter as a beacon of joy and positivity.

“She is a blessing,” Jirau’s mother said to CBS, “She’s a happy person. She brings joy to everyone.”

Through their love and their work, the couple inspires not only everyone but also each other.

The couple shared that they live on the opposite sides of the island but they’ve always found a way to be together despite their work.

They often connect on Facetime where they talk for over three hours every day. After all, they are a power couple but a couple who redefines what power means.

The couple now lives their best lives surrounded by love and support.

And through their journey both as partners and individuals, they truly helped inspire a whole generation that being different doesn’t mean being incapable.

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They not only reached their dreams but made sure that others can be encouraged to reach theirs. After all, the only limit that exists is the one we set for ourselves.

Stay updated and keep rooting for them in their journey by checking out their social media accounts.

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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