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Feb 16, 2018

Wishing on a Fashion Star

It's New York Fashion Week!

You know what that means – you’re questioning why winter clothes are shown when it’s about to be spring and spring clothes are shown when it’s about to be winter. And you’re wondering if you can really look cool and dress for the office at the same time.

In a word, it’s intimidating! Not for the faint of heart.

What you may not know about NYC Fashion Week is that wishes are coming true with the help of photographers, designers and models. Make-A-Wish® teams up with generous partners in the fashion world because there is always some incredible, imaginative kid interested in fashion who wishes to…. be photographed by Nigel Barker… 


or go backstage and walk the runway with Naeem Khan… 

red dress

or maybe shop with Glam4Good’s MaryAlice Stephenson

pink skirt

Fashion week is not intimidating for these kids because they battle the really tough things in life. They are all fighting, or have come through, a battle with a critical illness. Kids who decide that their one true wish is to join fashion week in the middle of winter are passionate warriors. They will not be intimidated by animal prints (that only your crazy aunt could wear) or high heels with anklets (not again). Wishes spark hope and strength, but they also have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival.


Fashionista’s are wish granters too!

Renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker has been a celebrity wish granter for more than a decade and he has witnessed his colleagues’ compassion every time a child with a critical illness has wished for a modeling or fashion experience through Make-A-Wish.

camille and nigel

Camille, whose wish was to be a model for Nigel, said that she chose her wish because she wants to be a model someday. Camille’s transformation during the photo shoot showed how serious and focused she is about her future. “It’s surreal. It’s like a dream,” she said. Because Camille has leukemia, her mother had some concerns about the feasibility of a modeling career, especially while undergoing a rigorous treatment plan. “I don’t think people realize the value of giving like they should,” said Camille’s mom, Charlotte. “For folks who’d take time out of their schedule for us to have this opportunity is indescribable.”


Although you may not be ready to walk like Zoolander, you can still help make wishes come true.  Donate today to make sure the kids in your community get the inspiration to keep battling critical illnesses and realize the life-long power of a wish!

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