Mark Bustos, a hair stylist in New York, spends his Sundays (the only day he has off of work) walking the city’s streets giving haircuts to the homeless – people who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
Bustos got the idea after visiting family in the Phillippines in 2012 and renting a barber to give haircuts to needy local children. He says that his most memorable “client” was a man named Jemar Banks; “He didn’t have much to say throughout the whole process, until after I showed him what he looked like when I was done… The first thing he said to me was, ‘Do you know anyone that’s hiring?’“
When major companies like JCPenney reached out to me- beautiful magic can organically unfold. Thanks to the JCPenney Men's Fall Wardrobe Sale, I was able to take Palace shopping- my young friend who I randomly approached on the streets of NYC a few weeks back when I was in search of a hair model for a photo shoot. Palace was in need of a clean, fresh, & professional look. Here’s why.... Palace grew up in Washington D.C. without a father figure and an unstable mother. He is a gentle, humble, soft spoken, and obviously handsome young man. He struggled with mental abuse and would wear the same dirty clothes everyday to school- only to find himself skipping classes to take care of his siblings. It was when his mother made him build a tent to sleep on top of piles of dirty clothes that he left and stayed in hotels with a friend. Palace reached out to his cousin in NYC for help and within 24 hours, he arrived to the big city. He has been staying with his new guardian angel who just gained legal custody of him. I connected Palace to a modeling agency in NYC- where he ended up signing a modeling contract! He was called in for 11 casting calls this week for NYC fashion week and is scheduled to grace the runway for the BIGGEST designers in the fashion industry. Thanks to JCPenney- Palace has a new suit to walk into his interviews for his new found success as a fashion model. Palace- it’s your time to shine kid!!