Model arranges surprise photoshoot for sister with Down's syndrome

A 29-year-old model surprised his older sister, who suffers from Down’s syndrome, by organising a professional photoshoot for her.

Brittany Garafola, 32, had told her brother Chris that she wanted to be a model like him.

Chris, who has 49,000 followers on Instagram, has fronted campaigns for Puma and New Balance and recently starred in a Falabella campaign alongside Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen.

Brittany and Chris grew up together in Toronto and have always been incredibly close.

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!!** 👇🏼 @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

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She regularly features on her brother’s Instagram feed and is a huge hit amongst his followers.

Her condition subjected her to a string of open heart surgeries as a child, putting a substantial financial strain on her family.

However, Chris insists that this brought them closer together.

Even as children, Brittany hugely admired her brother and always wanted to do whatever he was doing.

“Whether it was going to the movies to watch the latest blockbuster or wearing a new pair of Chuck Taylors — Brittany wanted the same opportunities,” he said.

Chris was signed to a modelling agency by the age of 25 and it wasn’t long until Brittany began aspiring to model just like him.

It was after he showed her a photograph of himself in a magazine that Brittany told him she wanted to be a fashion model too.

Chris arranged the photoshoot in Boston, where the siblings now live, in collaboration with HIVE. Studio.

When Brittany arrived at the shoot and realised what was going on, she cried with happiness. 

“Brittany has shown me everything from feeling beautiful and confident in my own skin, to how to love unconditionally,” he told Mail Online

“I am who I am today entirely because of my sister.”

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