Model Chris Garafola wanted to do something special for his sister, Brittany, who has Down syndrome.
For her 32nd birthday, Chris set up a beautiful surprise photo shoot for Brittany. On the morning of her special day, Brittany woke up at her brother’s home in Boston excited to find out what her family had in store.
Her family told her they were just going out to eat for her birthday. To her surprise and excitement, she was surprised with a glam team, photographers and a gorgeous set, to have fun modeling with her brother and mother.
Chris told PEOPLE, "She’s already talking about her next birthday, right now!"
Garafola is a model who was recently listed as one of Harper Bazaar’s 25 Hottest Guys to Follow on Instagram.
I am so, incredibly grateful, for all of the amazingly talented people who offered their time and services, to make my sister Brittany's birthday, one she'll never forget. Brittany has always wanted to do everything her little brother did. If I go to prom, she wants to go to prom, if I go to college she wants to go to college. Over the years, I always showed her my work and she’s like, “That’s cool! I want to model!” She kept asking and asking. As you guys who follow my journey know, Brittany and I would do Instagram videos together documenting our every day lives as siblings. She started saying, “I want to go to Hollywood! I want a limo!” I was like, “Where are you getting all this stuff from? You don’t want to go to Hollywood, you have the best life in the world.” But she kept going back to the modeling thing so I decided to surprise her for her birthday and make that wish come true and have her model for the day. The priority was to make her day and show her she can do anything that her brother can do and she should be allowed to. My sister’s the most beautiful person in the world. On a greater scale, I wanted to show the world what true beauty is. I wanted to encourage people to live life happy, be strong and confident, and to spread positive energy with the world. There is a lot of hurt and anger in our world, but there will always be more love and light. Brittany, your brother loves you more than you know. I hope you had the best day — you looked stunning. Maybe one of these days, you and your little brother will model a big campaign together as #TeamGarafola. Regardless, you'll always be a supermodel and you will always, be my hero. **BIG THANKS TO OUR AMAZING CREW!!** 👇🏼 @hive.studio @cassablanca_kid @austinhuck @jpietroski @itsclaireroche @chrisvalites @sashagreenhalgh @michael0bueno @hlm1230 @bearwalkcinema @veevisuals @tayglo @kaciecorbelle @ennisinc @maggieagency @thetrustees @wholefoods @starmarkets @traderjoes @b_p_r @boston_photo_rental @changingthefaceofbeauty #changingthefaceofbeauty #fashion #editorial #Supermodel #todayshow #ellendegeneres #dailyinspiration #downsyndromeawareness #lovematters #love #Gap #IMGModels #wlyg #calvinklein
Your purpose will always be greater than your challenges. We are all worthy of everything this life has to offer. Not just some things, everything. Not just some people, everyone. You were blessed with the miracle of life, just like everyone else. Now, if you want to define beauty, start with putting a hand over your heart. If you feel a beat, you have a purpose, and it doesn’t get any more beautiful than that. Keep on dancing my angel, and never stop. CREW & SPONSORS 📷@hive.studio @tayglo @kaciecorbelle @cassablanca_kid @austinhuck @jpietroski @itsclaireroche @kaciecorbelle @chrisvalites @sashagreenhalgh @michael0bueno @hlm1230 @bearwalkcinema @veevisuals @tayglo @kaciecorbelle @ennisinc @maggieagency @thetrustees @wholefoods @starmarkets @b_p_r @boston_photo_rental