The magical moment this 11-year-old cancer patient's dream comes true at New York Fashion Week

By Kirstin Buick
24 February 2016

Trinity is only 11 but she can tick off one item on her wish list: she has modelled the well-known Indian-American designer’s outfits a number of times.

During the recent New York Fashion Week one face stood out during designer Naeem Khan’s fashion show – that of Trinity Faith Moran, from the state of Texas in America.

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In June last year she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. The cause of this rare form of cancer is unknown and it can develop in almost any part of the body. Fortunately the disease hasn’t prevented Trinity from striving to realise her dreams.

Her mom, Kimberly Rasmus, says she loved dressing up in smart clothes and high heels from an early age. “She was always busy with my make-up bag,” Kimberly says.

So it was no surprise when Trinity announced that she wanted to walk the catwalk. “Even when she lost her hair due to chemotherapy she wouldn’t wear just any old hat; it had to match her outfit.”

She completed her chemotherapy and radiation treatment in December last year – but only a month later a scan revealed a number of aggressive tumours that had survived the treatment. That’s when Kimberly contacted the organisation, Make-a-Wish. The organisation helps to organise outings for children with life-threatening diseases.

“I want to take part in a fashion parade; a real one with real models like Gigi Hadid,” Trinity said. “I want someone to design an outfit for me and it must be somewhere like New York or Paris.”

No dream is ever too big for the Make-a-Wish team. Within a week Trinity’s family were informed that she would be going to New York for a fashion experience on the red carpet and would be modelling clothes designed by Naeem, who has dressed stars such as Glee actress Naya Rivera.

“This little, delicate girl walked in; so beautiful and loveable. I was happy to see her but also so sad,” Naeem says. Trinity helped him create the dress for her catwalk debut. She chose her favourite colour – cherry red – for the dress, which was made to hide the fact that she was receiving medication administered into her chest. Naeem’s team worked through the night to make the unique dress by hand.

On the day of the fashion parade Trinity felt like a princess. “They treated her like a supermodel,” says Kimberly. She sat in the front row and Naeem invited her onto the stage.

“Her hand was shaking so I put my arm around her and whispered, ‘This is your day,’” he says. And it was: supermodels can only dream of having shared their debut with the designer himself.


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