When a foundation invited 20 cancer patients to a photography studio for a surprise hair and makeup session, the subjects probably thought that they were going to be given an elegant new look to distract them from their illness, if only for a minute.
“You immediately stop being carefree when you learn that you’re ill,” said one cancer patient. “And believe me, I was really carefree… I wish I could still do that.”
So the Mimi Foundation made her look like a train wreck to help cheer her up. Participants had to keep their eyes closed throughout the process and then open them in front of a one way mirror. Cameras captured their beautiful, albeit shocked, responses.
Here is a selection of images from the book: