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After becoming the center of one of the year’s most high-profile cases, Rachel Jeantel became both the target of stinging criticism and the beneficiary of praise and charitable giving.

But now, the 19-year-old who served as the prosecution’s key witness in the trial for the man who shot and killed her friend, Trayvon Martin, is putting the past behind her and taking an exciting step into her future — with a new look.

Ebony magazine and TheGrio.com teamed up to help the teen update her look, as she prepares to enter into the next stage of her life and faces the transition from her teenage years to adulthood.

Jeantel is currently finishing her last year of high school, working with counselors and tutors paid for by radio host Tom Joyner, who also offered the teen a full paid scholarship to the historically black college or university of her choosing.

“I’m blessed. That’s the truth,” Jeantel told theGrio. “Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.”

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article courtesy of TheHuffingtonPost.com

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