• UO Giving Guide: Makayla London

    The best gift is giving back. We're highlighting 8 inspiring young creatives and joining them in supporting 8 deserving charities this holiday season. See what they're wishing for this year, and learn more about how you can give back too.

    This holiday season, model Makayla London tells us why giving back is so important. We worked with her to support Americares by donating $5k on her behalf. Follow @americares to learn more and donate!
    Photos by Cara Robbins

    Name: Makayla London
    Occupation: Model
    Charity: Americares for Puerto Rico

    Hi Makayla! Can you tell us about your charity?
    The charity I chose is Americares for Puerto Rico - it is a clinical treatment organization for areas struck by devastation.

    What makes it so important to you?
    This organization is important to me because of the core need for medical support in natural disasters. Americares offers emergency response treatment and on-site clinical help to citizens in need.

    What other causes are important to you right now?
    Some other causes that are important to me are organizations focused on school re-building, and investing in education in low socioeconomic communities.

    What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten from someone?
    The best gift I ever gotten from someone is life from my mother and father! :)

    Favorite gift you’ve ever given someone?
    My most favorite gift I’ve given someone is a surprise birthday party - the best!

    What’s on your wish list this year?
    My wish list often means goals I’d like to reach - on my wish list this year, I’d like to walk runway in fashion week and book campaigns with my favorite brands.

    Favorite holiday tradition?
    My favorite holiday tradition is something my family does on Christmas Day: We stay in our pajamas all day and chill out by the fire, enjoying each other’s company.

    What holiday movie can you watch on repeat?
    One holiday movie I can watch on repeat is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

    Proudest moment from this past year?
    One of my proudest moments in the past year is booking a Nike campaign for the newest NBA jersey release - I took my little brother to the release party instead of his homecoming dance. I thought that was pretty epic.

    What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?
    My hopes and dreams for 2018 are to: graduate college with a Bachelor’s degree; propel my modeling career forward into editorial and high fashion brands; book a spread in Complex, Fader or Nylon; speak on panels during events like Beautycon, Girl Boss Rally, or powerhouse YouTube channels; save up to buy my own condo in Los Angeles; continue to be a positive role model to young women across the globe.

    Read more about Makayla's charity, Americares, here
    Follow Makayla on Instagram here
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