On January 20, 2014, the fashion and entertainment industry lost a legendary influence with the passing of Jeanette “Cookie” Cooke-Dabney. Dabney, a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was a powerhouse of strength and beauty. As model, actress and coach, she was signed with Liquid Talent Agency and Hutson Talent Agency, and CEO of Cookiedough, LTD, respectively.
The fashion and entertainment industry is fraught with competition and struggle. It is often times difficult to find individuals who are open and willing to share the tricks of the trade in an embracing manner, a manner that makes a permanent impression of the individual who so freely gives on those fortunate enough to be the recipients thereof. Rarely has there existed an individual more representative of this free giving nature than the one and only, legendary model and actress, Miss Jeanette “Cookie” Cooke-Dabney.
“Giving me life so I can be a part of her own journey is a gift and an honor that is treasured every day. She is my Mother so I respect her. She is my Best Friend so I cherish her. She is my Everything so I care for her. And I love her because she deserves it.”~ Forest M. Cooke, son of Ms. Cookie.
Ms. Cookie was, and will continue to be, loved by many, like her son said, because she deserves it. Her imprint is indelible. Her legacy will continue to live on (in all of the children touched by her during her Cookie Crumbs Kidz model coaching services and the adults trained in her role as model coach at Splash Model Management, in conjunction with Virginia Fashion Week, on each runway or editorial spread that they grace). There are many of us out there who know not of the sideline moments that Ms. Cookie took to show she cared by imparting some token of wisdom that we each carry on in our struggles with success in the fashion industry and in live.
On January 17, 2014, Ms. Cookie walked the runway for the ACHI Magazine Launch in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, she was in the midst of major surgery. It has been reported that she endured an eight and a half hour surgery for an undisclosed illness. She was later moved to recovery. FaceBook posts poured in abundance asking for intercessory prayer for her speedy recovery.
On January 20, 2014, it was announced, via her son’s FaceBook post (see photo), that Ms. Cookie had succumbed to her illness. Almost immediately, and still ongoing, FaceBook posts and photos infiltrated Ms. Cookie’s Facebook page with exhibits of shock, grief, and praise.
“Rare in life does true beauty disarm us. Your welcoming smile coupled with your genuine hugs...you will be missed so.
Rest in Peace, Diva.”
~ Gerry Nevarrete, Owner/Photographer/Artist at Visionaires Photography.
For more tributes to Ms Jeanette “Cookie” Cooke-Dabney, please visit her FaceBook page.
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