Fifteen-year-old Angela had a gift. She could find beauty in the ordinary, using her camera to capture beautiful moments. Despite battling a serious medical condition, Angela continued to press into her gift, taking pictures of dandelions and longing to go to college for photography.
When Make-A-Wish® learned of Angela’s condition, they wanted to give her the gift of a wish. Angela’s eyes lit up. She had captured beauty with her camera. Now, she wanted to share her own beauty with the world. She wanted to be a model for a day.
Leaving Butler, PA, Angela and her family arrived by plane in New York City, where she was taken to Milk Studios. An A-list glam squad, whose past clients included Tyra Banks and Angelina Jolie, was waiting to transform her into a top model. “When I first walked into the room, I felt like I was in a dream,” said Angela to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Angela searched through the endless number of outfits and finally chose a teal chiffon dress. The glam squad placed extensions and curls into her hair and brushed on her makeup. To her delight, Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model showed her his camera and gave her different tips on photography. When the crew turned on the fans and lights, the photo shoot began. With a stunning smile on her face, Angela posed. Heart racing with joy, she could feel everyone’s admiration. She felt beautiful.
Angela came back with armfuls of new clothes, shoes, and jewelry, as well as advice she could not wait to use from a top photographer. Most importantly, she came back with the memories to last a lifetime of a wish that captured a beautiful moment in her life.