All eyes were on Kayla as her modeling dreams came true.

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Kayla is an energetic teenager who loves to act and model. Talented and extremely driven, she was excited about her dreams to become a star when the unexpected happened. In the summer of 2016, Kayla experienced a cardiac arrest. “It was very scary for us,” says Veronica, Kayla’s mom. Fortunately, doctors were able to stabilize Kayla with a cardiac implant.

To fulfill her wish to be a model, Make-A-Wish flew Kayla and her family to New York City, where she was given took part in a photo shoot with celebrity photographer, Indrani.

Soon, it was back to Hawai’i, where Kayla was the subject her very own HILuxury fashion shoot. Creative director Gina Lambert gathered a team of experts to guide the budding starlet: make up artist Kecia Lambert, hair stylist Ashlee Valeros, fashion editor Yu Shing Ting, photographer Lawrence Tabudlo and Bliss Models & Talent owner and founder, Lashauna Downie rounded out the team of volunteers who worked to bring Kayla’s dream to light. Neiman Marcus graciously loaned out fashions for Kayla to model.

“I’m really encouraged to be a model now that I’ve experienced it,” says Kayla. “I want to thank Make-A-Wish, my family and God for this experience.”