Chrissy Teigen pays fan’s tuition for beauty school and brings Twitter to tears.

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Chrissy Teigen pays fan’s tuition for beauty school and brings Twitter to tears.

Mercedes Edney loves all things beauty and skincare, and even owns her own range of botanical beauty products. Like many aspiring entrepreneurs, she held an online fundraiser to pay her beauty school tuition. But fundraising was going slow — she aimed to raise $6,000, but about one month in, and she had only $400 towards that goal.

Then suddenly, one follower decided to donate the difference. That follower was Chrissy Teigen, social media superstar, cookbook author and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

Chrissy kicked in just over $5,600, commenting, “I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now. So excited to see you fulfill your dream!”

Edney was beyond excited by the gesture of generosity, and by someone so successful.

Chrissy said she donated to see Mercedes fulfill her dreams and “live out your passion.”

Mercedes couldn’t help but share the news with her family and social media followers. News spread about Chrissy’s unexpected generosity, and the story went viral.

She went to her school to pay off her tuition, walking into the office and bursting into tears when she explained what happened.

“If I ever meet Chrissy Tiegen [sic] in person, I’m giving her the biggest hug on earth,” she later tweeted.

Mercedes’ story — and her reaction to Chrissy’s generosity — is a wonderful reminder that helping another person fulfill their deepest dreams might be one of the biggest contributions you’ll ever make. Whose dream will you help make happen today?

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