Meet Chris Garafola, a 29 year old model who was recently featured in Harper Bazaar’s 25 Hottest Guys to Follow on Instagram.
Oh yeah, he’s easy on the eyes.
Chris decided to throw his older sister with down syndrome a surprise photo shoot for her birthday. His sister, Brittany, has often looked up to Chris as he achieved different life milestones. Such as moving out on his own, so she followed suit and moved to Heartbeet Lifesharing, a community of adults with special needs. Naturally when Chris began modeling, Brittany wanted to as well!
Garafola reached out on Facebook to find photographers, makeup artists, stylists, and more to orchestrate a shoot that his sister would never forget. His love for his sister is unconditional, telling PEOPLE, “For me, my purpose here is to make sure my sister has a good life, is protected and is healthy. Her happiness is my happiness, and that has held true from when we were kids to today.”
Every time Brittany wakes up, she typically makes a b-line to my bedroom to wake me up saying "rise and shine." Of course, there are many ah morning I would give anything for a few more minutes of sleep, but do I ever tell her to stop? No way. If you could get morning smooches from an angel, you'd wake up earlier, too. It starts my day with an immediate sense of love and gratitude which always sets the tone for the rest of the day. That said, just like any brother and sister, we tease each other from time to time. I love when brit asks when I'll be getting home from golf I reply "maybe never" she says, "rubbish" ? #TeamGarafola
The morning of the shoot, Brittany woke up in her brother’s Boston apartment asking what their plan would be. Chris told her maybe they’d go hiking, little did she know what was actually in store! “Birthdays are huge for Brittany, she is talking about her birthday months before it happens,” Garafola told PEOPLE.