NEW YORK (PIX11) — It’s a tough job market, and getting a new job can be challenging. But one Bronx transgender woman is getting help finding a job thanks to a community of women.

Aaliyah Vasquez, from the Bronx, got a chance to hug her hero and say thank you to an organization that helped change her life. 

Vasquez says her hero is Pam Kulnis, the program director at Bottomless Closet, a nonprofit that has helped thousands of New York City women dress for job interviews and learn new skills.

Over the last few months, Kulnis has helped Vasquez open up and build confidence during her gender affirmation journey.  

PIX11 News was there for Vasquez’s final fittings a few weeks before going on interviews. It’s not just about the clothes but about the attitude and confidence, said Executive Director of Bottomless Closet Melissa Norden.  

From career coaching to providing outfits, a transformation happens inside and out.  

Thanks to longtime volunteers like Rory Conforte, Bottomless Closet has helped nearly 50,000 women in need across New York City since 1999 at their headquarters in Midtown on 34th Street.

Ciprianis in Midtown was where more than 400 people attended their annual spring luncheon Wednesday.  

PIX11’s Monica Morales had the privilege of hosting the event. It was a celebration of a community of women helping women rise. 

The theme this year was endless possibilities and unstoppable potential. Vasquez received an MBA and wants to enter the financial world. She is ready to shine. 

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