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Marina Wished to be a Runway Model

Marina wished to be a runway model

“ Marina says that the photo shoot impacted her deeply and made her feel great and powerful ”

  • Marina , 18

    • Ventricular Septal Defect
    • I wish to be a runway model
  • I wish to be

Many people will confess that one of their guilty pleasures is to watch America’s Next Top Model marathons on TV. Watching young women compete to be a model can become so entertaining your eyes become glued to the television. 

Eighteen-year-old Marina was not just sitting on the couch watching young, aspiring models - she was living it! Marina had wished to be a model ever since she was 10 years old. She would watch Tyra Banks and imagine herself walking down the runway. Thanks to Make-A-Wish®, her dream became reality – to be a model for one day!

Marina started her big wish day by living like an actual model and riding to her photo shoot in style. Marina arrived at the studio in a limo and was then provided with glamorous dresses to wear during her photo shoot. Her favorite dress was beige and she had a lot of fun wearing it. Just as expected, she truly enjoyed posing and having her picture taken in her glamorous outfit. 

When Marina describes herself prior to her thrilling photo shoot, she calls herself a “goofball.” Dressing like a model is not typical for this jokester. However, she freely confesses that she had a blast playing the part of a model. As it turned out, not only could she convincingly play the role of a model, she now can also tell a great “knock knock joke.” Marina says that the photo shoot impacted her deeply and made her “feel great and powerful.” Her mother agrees that it was a great experience and recalls how “her wish made her [Marina] feel really special.”

Wish-granting volunteers: Jennifer C. Capella & Laura E. Taras
Wish story writer: Danielle Busgang

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