Model offers birthday photo shoot to his sister with Down syndrome
Chris Garafola is an American model who has worked for brands like Puma and New Balance. Though he was recently listed as one of Harper Bazaar's "25 Hottest Guys to Follow on Instagram," it wasn't his photos that have been conquering people's hearts.
Chris is very close to his big sister, Brittany. "For me, my purpose here is to make sure my sister has a good life, is protected and is healthy," he said. "Her happiness is my happiness, and that has held true from when we were kids to today." You might say that having a sister you care about is nothing unusual...
...but Brittany has Down syndrome. Despite her illness, this never stopped her from wanting to do everything Chris did. If he came home with a new phone, she would want the same. When he went to college, Brittany also tried to be more independent.
After Chris started appearing on magazine covers alongside Gisele Bündchen, it was no surprise that his big sister would want to do the same. Knowing Brittany would want to give it a try, the male model lined up a very special treat for her upcoming 32nd birthday.
Chris used his social media channels to recruit stylists, photographers, videographers, and makeup artists; his goal was to organize a special photo shoot for Brittany. "When I started to show her the commercials or magazines I was in, she would tell me she wanted to do it, too," Chris said. "But I told her that she was already a model — I was trying to be like her!" When Brittany saw her brother's gift, she couldn't hide her joy.
Chris said his sister demonstrated incredible professionalism during the shoot and did a better job than many of the models he's previously worked with. This behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot definitely proves it...
By sharing the photos on social media, he also wanted to show the world what true beauty is.
As Chris has shown, beauty comes in many different forms. But one question remains: how is he going to top that surprise for Brittany's next birthday? No doubt she'll be happy with whatever he decides to do.