Absolute Hero Chrissy Teigen Just Paid for a Woman's Esthetician School Tuition

Chrissy Teigen is many things: total fire on Twitter, an advocate for mental health and body positivity, a top model, and, now, an absolute hero. On Friday night, she donated $5,600 to pay the vast majority of North Carolinian Mercedes Edney's tuition for esthetician school.

Edney had set up an account on YouCaring, a crowdfunding site, to raise $6,060 to cover her tuition, books, and other fees for the course, which begins in May. Teigen's random act of kindness covered the difference between what had been raised (about $300) and what was still needed, ensuring Edney could make her dream come true. Needless to say, Edney was elated — and surprised — when she got the alert from PayPal.

She also posted a heartfelt thank-you on Instagram — alongside an image of her tuition receipt.

"Something absolutely amazing happened last night. Many of you know how much I love skin care and my plans to attend esthetician school next month. Last night I posted my tuition fundraiser on twitter and something I never in my wildest dreams happened. My paypal alert went off, and as I looked at my phone, there was [an] amount of $5605. I thought it was a glitch. I then look at my email and realized it came from my fundraiser. @chrissyteigen donated my entire tuition money for school. I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my downpayment for esthetician school. I haven't been this happy in a very long time. Thank you Chrissy and thank you to everyone else who voted or rtd my link or have supported me this entire time. It means more to me than you'll ever know. #ixorabb #futureesthetician"

 

Something absolutely amazing happened last night. Many of you know how much I love skin care and my plans to attend esthetician school next month. Last night I posted my tuition fundraiser on twitter and something I never in my wildest dreams happened. My paypal alert went off, and as I looked at my phone, there was amount of $5605. I thought it was a glitch. I then look at my email and realized it came from my fundraiser. @chrissyteigen donated my entire tuition money for school. I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my downpayment for esthetician school. I haven't been this happy in a very long time. Thank you Chrissy and thank you to everyone else who voted or rtd my link or have supported me this entire time. It means more to me than you'll ever know. #ixorabb #futureesthetician

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Of course, she also took to Teigen's favorite medium to send a little thanks her way.

Teigen has participated in some random acts of kindness before—gifting a dress to a fan, for example—but this one's going to go a long way.

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