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There’s a quote by writer Paulo Coelho that says, “The universe conspires to help the dreamer.” That quote basically says that when you put your desires out into the universe, you never know who is listening, and more importantly, who will help you.

When Mercedes Edney of Charlotte, North Carolina put it out there that she wanted to attend esthetician school, she did receive some help. Edney, who has created her own line of products called Ixora Botanical Beauty, needed $6,000 to be able to pay for tuition to get through school. She was only able to accrue a little over $300 after setting up a crowd-funding campaign online. Little did she know that model Chrissy Teigen was listening, had seen her hustle and wanted to help.

On Friday, Teigen Paypaled the remaining balance of $5,605 to Edney’s crowd-fund on With her donation came the message, “I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now. So excited to see you fulfill your dream!”

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Since she stepped up to help, Edney has received an additional $405 from supporters, bringing her tally, at the time of publication of this story, to $6,420.

Edney shared an image of the receipt of her accepted payment for beauty school, along with the following statement about what everyone’s support means to her, particularly Teigen’s:

“Something absolutely amazing happened last night,” she wrote. “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”

Edney also took to Twitter to thank Teigen, and she was sure to reply (y’all know she loves her some Twitter):

We’re not sure in what way Teigen was able to follow Edney’s work and learn about her hopes to get into esthetician school. Either way, though, Teigen’s generosity in helping this young woman pursue her passion is extraordinarily commendable. Good looking out, universe.

Image via WENN 

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