Francia Raisa talks giving a kidney to BFF Selena Gomez as she says 'I'm grateful I could help her'

Francia Raisa dazzles in a colorful new feature for LaPalme magazine.

In the accompanying interview the 29-year-old Grown-ish star, who donated a kidney to best friend Selena Gomez last year, opens up about how it felt to help her pal.

When asked what advice she has for anyone supporting a friend through illness, the Los Angeles born beauty replied: 'You know what, when someone is going through something like that, there's only so much you can do.

True star: Francia Raisa looks gorgeous in a new feature for LaPalme magazine where she talks about helping friend Selena Gomez through her illness

True star: Francia Raisa looks gorgeous in a new feature for LaPalme magazine where she talks about helping friend Selena Gomez through her illness

'I was fortunate enough to be able to give a piece of myself to help her, and I'm very grateful for that. Had I not been able to do that, I think what you can do is honestly just be patient.'

The brunette beauty looks gorgeous in an array of bold prints showing off her slender figure for the magazine.

Flashing her shoulder in an orange floral print dress with voluminous sleeves and pink tights, Francia looks perfectly at home in front of the camera.

Another image sees the actress sporting a plunging striped jumpsuit as she shoots a sultry gaze at the lens.

'I was fortunate enough to be able to give a piece of myself to help her, and I'm very grateful for that.' Francia says of giving a kidney to Selena

'I was fortunate enough to be able to give a piece of myself to help her, and I'm very grateful for that.' Francia says of giving a kidney to Selena

Go dotty in a Club Monaco dress like Francia Raisa

She may have rose to fame as Selena Gomez's bestie and kidney donor, but Francia Raisa is a star in her own right. She stars on the hit TV show Grownish and this month she covers La Palme magazine.

Creative director Derek Warburton dressed the brunette beauty in several sassy styles including a floral print dress by Liana Camba, a fuschia frock by Barrus London and this Club Monaco creation.

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Dancing queen: The LA born beauty looks fantastic in a nude ruffled mini dress in another striking image

Dancing queen: The LA born beauty looks fantastic in a nude ruffled mini dress in another striking image

LaPalme creative director Derek Warburton said of the actress: 'Hollywood is filled with young aspiring actresses, but there’s something special about Francia.

'She is everything that I look for to represent LAPALME. Spicy, full of life and has proven to stand for love and friendship. Her attitude on life is unprecedented and her commitment to friendship is inspiring.'

In September 2017 Selena, 25, revealed she'd undergone a kidney transplant that summer.

'She is everything that I look for to represent LaPalme' Creative Director Derek Warburton said of Francia

'She is everything that I look for to represent LaPalme' Creative Director Derek Warburton said of Francia

'So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering,' the singer wrote on Instagram. 'It was what I needed to do for my overall health.'

Thanking Francia, Selena continued: 'there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.' 

Meanwhile, Francia also reflected on how important it has been for her to have good friends in Hollywood and credits Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez for being super supportive.

She means business: The 29-year-old actress pulls off the boldest looks in the spread

She means business: The 29-year-old actress pulls off the boldest looks in the spread

Spicy: The brunette beauty rocks a bold striped jumpsuit in one of the images from the online feature

Spicy: The brunette beauty rocks a bold striped jumpsuit in one of the images from the online feature

'I didn't realize how valuable that support was until recently. I was very much doing things on my own. I didn't have a lot of Latina friends in the industry because it's so competitive. Thankfully it's changed, but there were very, very few roles when I was first starting.'

'We wouldn't tell each other about the audition because of how competitive it was booking roles. That's changed. 

'I think Gina would first call me, when I first started being friends with her, she was like, Hey there's an audition I just went out for, you should go on it. I could not believe that she did that. I was like, what? That was such a huge lesson for me.' 

Selena revealed in September 2017 that she'd had the transplant over the summer and thanked Francia writing: 'there aren¿t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend'

Selena revealed in September 2017 that she'd had the transplant over the summer and thanked Francia writing: 'there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend'

 

 

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