Meet Shae, a 17 year old from Daytona Beach who dreams of being a model, loves fashion & up until the day these photos were taken- had never worn makeup.
Shae was diagnosed with a rare type of blood cancer earlier this year and is now undergoing chemotheraphy as she waits hopefully for a bone marrow transplant match.
Gabrielle‘s close friend & celebrity stylist, Mary Alice Stephenson, is the National Fashion Ambassador for Make-A-Wish America and has dedicated the past 10 years to volunteering & granting fashion related wishes. When Shae’s mother contacted Make-A-Wish to help lift her daughter’s spirits, Mary Alice knew Gabrielle would be the perfect person to help grant Shae’s wish: to be a model for a day.
Seventeen Magazine & Make-A-Wish rolled out the red carpet for Shae. Fast Ashley’s Studio in Brooklyn donated the studio space. Stella Digital donated the post-production services. Kozmo Fahringer (hair), Christine Cherbonnier (makeup), Benadette Thompson (nails) donated their time & expertise to help give Shae the photo shoot of her dreams.