Krissi Fajgenbaum has been featured in People Magazine, clothing stores bear her name and she's outfitted thousands of low-income teens. She's also still in college.
After watching a documentary about the poverty and unemployment rates that have struck the Appalachian community, just a few hours from her Raleigh, N.C. home, Krissi was determined to find a way to help, according to People.
She soon founded Teens 2 Teens, a nonprofit that gives gently used designer clothing to students in the poorest counties of North Carolina.
"Once I got out the word, everyone was super responsive and people were sending in huge donations," Krissi told CNN.
The collected donations -- some 50,000 according to CNN -- were then shipped to Krissi's Kloset, a boutique where students from the Robbinsville school district can shop for free.
Successes have continued both for Teens 2 Teens and Krissi, who is now on scholarship at the University of North Carolina studying biomedical engineering.