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Trinity Moran, 11-year-old rhabdomyosarcoma patient, walks Naeem Khan's NYFW runway

“That’s your dress,” Kimberly Rasmus pointed out to her daughter, Trinity Faith Moran, 11, as a model in a cherry red couture gown walked down the runway at Naeem Khan’s New York Fashion Week show on Wednesday. Moran was in a coveted front row seat, dressed in a miniature version of the same dress, preparing for her own moment in the spotlight.

Just 24 hours earlier, the Texas fifth-grader arrived in New York City for the first time and met the legendary designer, who has dressed, among many, first lady Michelle Obama, and actresses Zooey Deschanel and Eva Longoria. She was in town, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to design a custom dress for his runway show the next day.

When stylist and friend Mary Alice Stephenson approached
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

When stylist and friend Mary Alice Stephenson approached Khan with the opportunity to feature the young cancer patient in his upcoming show, he was eager to help support the efforts through Make-A-Wish and Glam4Good.  

Moran took a prominent role in determining her look for her NYFW debut.

"Trinity designed this dress," said Rasmus. "She told Naeem what she wanted, and how she wanted to look," and he sketched out a special version for the runway.

A video posted to Facebook shows Moran telling the designer mid-sketch that she wants short, see-through sleeves and a "princess" dress.

"Trinity's dress is part of my collection," said Khan, "It's the same tulle, the same embroidery: It's couture."

Backstage, to the side of where models tottered
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Backstage, to the side of where models tottered in their Louboutins and fussed over last-minute outfit fittings, Trinity and her entourage were given a private dressing room.

"I like how you can be creative with fashion, and go out of the way with it. You can be anything you want to," said Trinity as a makeup artist applied false eyelashes, noting that she held still much better than her other clients.

"She likes to do our makeup, it's one of her favorite things," Rasmus, who used to do makeup professionally, said. "She loves the models and the way they get done up and all the glamour of it."

Trinity, who loves MAC makeup and watching YouTube
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Trinity, who loves MAC makeup and watching YouTube makeup tutorials, said that she was anxious about her modeling debut. "I'm really nervous, but at the same time excited, and it's only for a little bit of a walk, so I think I can do it," she said as cherry red lipstick was applied to her lips and Stephenson slipped a golden crown on her head, after vetoing a pair of too-heavy earrings.

"It's a dream of hers come true," Rasmus said of the upcoming walk down the runway. "She wants to be in modeling when she grows up, and it's amazing that she gets to start now. It's beautiful. She's an amazing young lady and a tough, tough little girl. She's my little hero."

After models strutted out in all 49 of
Photo Credit: Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows / Frazer Harrison

After models strutted out in all 49 of Khan's exquisite new gowns, they lined each side of the runway, and Khan walked between them alongside Tiffany. She waved and smiled at the cameras to loud applause, then disappeared backstage with her entourage (her father, Jay Moran and sister, Amity, 14).

"Trinity is the cutest and the best, best girl," Khan said backstage.

Eight rows of cheering fans on each side of the runway would seem to agree.

Those interested in supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation can sign up to volunteer or donate at


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