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Camille Helps Fashionistas Find a Smile in Their Hearts

Camille wished to be a model PHOTO: Nigel Barker

Find out how the fashion community transformed Camille’s life.

Behind every supermodel, there’s a community made up of stylists, cosmetologists, photographers and more. Their day-to-day tasks inspire others who aspire to a career in fashion and modeling.

Nigel Barker, longtime celebrity wish granter and fashion photographer, sees a wealth of generosity and kindness throughout the profession. After nearly 10 years as a celebrity wish granter, 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®.

“These people embody the best and brightest aspects of our collective humanity,” Nigel said.

Nigel and the team at Milk Studios in New York contributed their talents to give wish kid Camille a look at the career that could await her.

“I chose this wish because I want to be a model,” Camille said.

With her signature blue hair and natural poise, Camille was ready to pose in the brightest, wildest outfits in the studio. She poured energy into every photo, morphing from playful to refined at the photographer’s request.

The transformation in Camille nearly brought her mother, Charlotte, to tears during and after the photo shoot.  

“It’s surreal. It’s like a dream.” Because Camille has leukemia, her mother had some concerns about the feasibility of a modeling career, especially while undergoing a rigorous treatment plan. “We’ve waited for a long time,” she said, “and I didn’t really think that she would be able to have her dream come true.”

“I don’t think people realize the value of giving like they should,” Charlotte said. “For folks who’d take time out of their schedule for us to have this space and this opportunity is indescribable.”

For the team of fashionistas, granting a wish was an inspiring experience that lifted their spirits. By the time Camille left the studio, you could hear the staff saying things like “put a smile in my heart” and “today is special.”

“The Make-A-Wish shoots will be the ones I remember for the rest of my life,” said Mazdack Rassi, Milk Studios creative director and co-founder.

  • Ready for her close up
    PHOTO: Nigel Barker

  • Gotta run!
    PHOTO: Nigel Barker

  • Hamming it up for the camera
    PHOTO: Nigel Barker

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