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    If only for a second

    Photographer Vincent Dixon teamed up with the Mimi Foundation to give 20 cancer patients a unique makeover experience.

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    Stunning photo project helps cancer patients forget their illness...for a moment -

    A group of 20 cancer patients were invited to a photography studio by Belgian charity group the Mimi Foundation, in collaboration with advertising agency Leo Burnett France. Each participant helped choose their hair and makeup.

    This is Monique.
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    Josiane -

    They were asked to close their eyes while being made up.
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    Ann -

    Sitting in front of a one-way mirror, they could not see photographer Vincent Dixon.
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    Michelle -

    The moment of truth came when they opened their eyes.

    According to the Mimi Foundation, Dixon’s role was to “immortalize a second of carefreeness to forget the cancer…if only for a second.”
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    Ariane -

    Some, like Ariane, chose fantastical wigs.
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    Noëlla -

    This was the grandest beehive hairdo in the bunch.
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    Patrick -

    Patrick found his mullett quite amusing.
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    Ariette -

    Ariette couldn't resist a red pouf added to her 'do.
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    Katy -

    Katy is featured on the cover of the book. She died a month after this photo was taken.
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    Fabienne -

    The fabulous Fabienne was shocked by her hair.
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    Nicolas -

    Nicolas gets a nifty nest of hair.
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    Christelle -

    Photographer Vincent Dixon describes each particpant's expression as magical.
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    Jeanine -

    Jeanine and her pink coiffe.
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    Martine -

    Wigs, such as Martine's dreadlocks, were fitted by Gregory Kaoua.
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    Sandra -

    A crew of 15 people worked on the photo shoot.
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    Brigitte -

    Photographer Vincent Dixon: "A lot of work went into preparing for the photos which finally took just a few minutes."
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    Corinne -

    Photographer Vincent Dixon: "These photos would transform a negative, losing your hair to chemotherapy, into a fantastical, magical achievement. "
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    Jean-Christophe -

    Jean-Christophe cracks up at his reflection.
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    Regina -

    Regina's wig was a mix of a mohawk, a mullet and dreadlocks.
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    Hayat -

    Photographer Vincent Dixon: "Despite their illness, each one of these men and women brought a sense of laughter and joy that touched me deeply."
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