Mélanie Segard, a 21-year-old Frenchwoman with Down syndrome, fulfilled her dream of reporting the weather on French television earlier this week after a Facebook campaign promoting inclusion drew over 200,000 followers, the BBC reports.
The campaign, entitled "Mélanie peut le faire" (Melanie can do it) was started by Unapei, a French charity and awareness organization that supports and defends the rights of the differently-abled.
"I am different," Segard wrote in the "about" section of the Facebook page, "but I want to show the entire world that I can do a lot of things."
The BBC reported that Segard went through four days of training with the France 2 weather team, learning how to work in front of the green screen where the weather maps are later projected.
Her campaign and appearance on French television was lauded throughout the country.
"Weather is what brings us all together," Unapei president Luc Gateau said in an interview with Le Parisien. "Mélanie is a symbol for people with disabilities who want to be visible and integrated."
Watch Mélanie's appearance on France 2 below.
With one goal accomplished, Segard already has another one in sight: to become a makeup artist and "take care of people and (movie/television) stars."
We have no doubt that she can do it.
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