Oprah walking her unofficial goddaughter down the aisle reminded us of all the women who step in when our mothers aren't there
Not all of us are lucky enough to have a billionaire for a fairy godmother, but we all have that one special lady who's been there when our moms can't.
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She was our unofficial fairy godmother for years, but this past week, Oprah proved she's still spreading the love, filling some pretty big shoes for Leadership Academy alum, Glori Nelson (née Rapalalani). 

"My three mama bears walked me down the aisle. One walked me in spirit," wrote Glori, sharing the very special moment via Instagram.



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The TV icon famously set up an all-girl boarding school in South Africa back in 2007, and according to reports, Glori was one of the school's first graduates, and it's clear the two are still very close. 

Miss O shared a post of her own a month prior to the Los Angeles wedding, writing "I’ve known these girls since they were 12 and 13 coming to my school. Graduating from college. Grad school. Now our first wedding. Looking for the perfect dress." 

In classic Oprah style, an entire store was booked off so that Glori could choose her dream dress which is rumoured to have cost R140,000. A cost that the 65-year-old billionaire covered, naturally.

Having a billionaire as a fairy godmother isn't something a lot of us can relate to, but seeing Oprah fill such a huge role is a reminder of all the women who step in when a mother is no longer there, whether we call them call bonus moms, fun aunts, grannies or godmothers. 

We searched the internet and found some heartwarming tributes: 

"DNA isn’t the only thing that connects people as family"




I thank God everyday for my #bonusmom



"What would we do without you?"

"I wish they could live forever"


 

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