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Chrissy Teigen Just Paid This Woman's Beauty School Tuition

Mercedes Edney, from North Carolina, was raising money on Twitter for her beauty school tuition — and then suddenly realized Chrissy Teigen paid for it. All of it.

Posted on April 8, 2017, at 7:07 p.m. ET

This is Mercedes Edney, a beauty school student who loves to post about beauty tips and skin care products.

And you all know Chrissy Teigen, model, mother, and social media virtuoso who has before surprised some of her fans with unexpected gifts.

Well, last month Edney started crowdfunding for her esthetician school tuition, which would cost her just under $6,000.

Funding for EstheticianSchool via @youcaring

Financial aid is not available at the school she was looking to attend, she explained on the fundraising page, and she was having trouble coming up with the entire amount.

So she turned to her followers on Instagram and Twitter, where she posts beauty tips and skin care tips.

"I know sometimes there is a stigma for asking for help, but this is a huge dream of mine and I am willing to do whatever I can to make it," she wrote.

Edney was trying to start school in May and needed at least $895 for the school to hold her seat — she pulled that together via donations.

Then Friday night, Edney got an alert for a huge donation of $5,605 on her fundraising page, and found out Chrissy Teigen had jumped in and paid for the remainder for her tuition — plus some.

"I thought it was a glitch," Edney wrote on her Instagram account. "I then look at my email and realized it came from my fundraiser. @chrissyteigen donated my entire tuition money for school."

Teigen also included a short note in her donation, noting that Edney had been following her dream for a while.

"I've seen this is your passion for such a long time now," Teigen wrote. "So excited to see you fulfill your dream!"

Edney also tweeted at and got a response from Teigen.

@CruzanChoklate I'm really excited for you to live out your passion ❤❤❤

Her first day at school was pretty emotional.

You guys, I walked into the school and explained what happened and burst into tears. The lady couldn't believe what I was telling her.

Edney was shook.

This was a blessing that I could have never seen coming and I am going to let it help me as it intended.

I don't tweet about all my struggles. I've just been so focused on trying to get everything I can done to pursue my dream.

The teacher at the esthetician school shared my story with the class and one of the girls just messaged me on IG to congratulate me. *cries*

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Edney about her story.

In the meantime, everybody thank Teigen for making making Twitter and 2017 a better place. 👋

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.