I Am Waters | Supermodels Luncheon | Houston Chronicle | Chron.com

Modeling was Elena Davis’ way out of poverty.

Born in northern California, her childhood was filled with welfare offices and transient homes.

“At times we didn’t have enough food to eat,” said Davis, a former 1980s fashion model who founded I Am Waters, a nonprofit organization to address water deprivation among the nation’s homeless. “When you’re homeless and you’re poor, you feel like you don’t belong anywhere. It really erodes at your self-esteem.”

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