Trinity Faith Moran and Naeem Khan on the runway. Photo: Getty Images
Eleven-year-old Trinity Faith Moran might’ve broken the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s age regulations for models — but she gets a pass. Walking in Naeem Khan’s fashion show on Wednesday, the pre-teen’s dream came true to walk a runway, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Glam4Good.
Moran suffers from rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the soft tissue, yet her strut was still on point. “A lot of people tell me that I’m really pretty, that really helps my self-esteem, and I really want to do modeling and as a baby I used to always run around in dresses and try to do my makeup,” she said backstage. “I just really wanted to be a model and that’s what’s happening right now.”
Khan was approached by fashion stylist Mary Alice Stephenson, who works with Glam4Good, an organization that seeks to make humanitarian and social change through style, to participate in making Moran’s wish become a reality. The designer collaborated with the fifth grader on a gown, which blended in with the other ethereal looks in the Fall 2016 collection.
The Moran family flew in from Texas to spend the day with Khan at his New York atelier (her first trip to the city) and Khan whipped together an ensemble for her in less than 24 hours. He chose the color red because, as he explained, “I want her to be happy and I think red will make her happy, that’s why I designed the red dress for her.” She accessorized with a gold crown in her hair. Moran walked out during the finale, holding Khan’s hand, having practiced her walk before her big New York Fashion Week debut.
As Stephenson put it: “Pretty clothes come and go, but the prettiest thing is making a difference in someone’s life.”