Arlenis Sosa's rise to the top of the modeling world has been called a modern-day Cinderella story. And certainly, the Dominican beauty's story--discovered by designer Luis Menieur while strolling with friends in Santo Domingo, meeting Vogue's Anna Wintour and fellow countryman Oscar de la Renta, signing a beauty contract with Lancôme--is almost hard to believe.
Even before this professional success, Arlenis wanted to one day help her country. Her dream was finally realized in October 2009 when she announced the creation of the Arlenis Sosa Foundation in support of juvenile diabetes. Its primary mission is to bring awareness and all-important screening tests to the country. "Ever since I was very little," she said, "I knew that I had to help."