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Jean Shafiroff is an extraordinary humanitarian. A commanding figure in the New York city social scene, Shafiroff dedicates long hours to philanthropic work. Whether she’s advocating an underserved issue, organizing support for a fundraiser, or giving generously of her own finances, Shafiroff harnesses the power of social influence for the benefit of humans and animals alike. Given her endless work on behalf of others, the indulgences of her own luxurious lifestyle registers as a paradox to some. I wanted to unravel this riddle and learn more about the woman dominating Page Six.

On a recent visit to New York, a friend suggested that I meet with a woman he knew to be deeply involved in charitable work. After reading a bit about Jean, I became aware that much attention had been given to detailing her comings and goings in the social world, her fabulous personal style, and the exclusive events she attends–but remarkably, not much about Jean the Woman. So, I called Jean and asked that she meet me for lunch. I wanted to get a glimpse of the personality behind the celebrity. She agreed.

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About Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more...