For this blog entry, we’re gonna get real. We’re going to take a moment to admire someone so strong, they’ll put most of us to shame with our daily griping about trivial things. Sometimes we need to strip away the material and get to the bare skin truth of it all to feel something real again.
At just nine years old, Allayah, or “Lay-Lay,” has already fallen head over heels in love with everything fashion, and dreams about being a “professional fashion designer” someday. So you may ask, what makes her so special amongst the growing number of young fashion phenoms rising up this day in age? Well the main reason is because as she puts her future plans in line and works towards them, she is also facing some very serious obstacles in her present, and not letting it slow her down.
Allayah has been diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a blood disorder in which bone marrow and the blood stem cells that reside in her body are severely damaged. Allayah has not significantly responded to current treatments, and her low amount of platelets will require a bone marrow transplant in the near future. In the midst of this hurdle, she manages to smile and keep a positive glow about her–not letting life’s struggles or anything else get in her way or steal her joy. This was one of many reasons Allayah was selected to have her biggest wish come true. It was nothing short of an emotional blessing for everyone involved with the big reveal.
There wasn’t a dry eye throughout the building as her wish was revealed. Sacramento Fashion Week (SACFW) was honored to collaborate with Make-A-Wish, being part of the big Paris-themed reveal party on June 29th, 2017. Located at the Make-A-Wish Foundation building in Natomas, California, there was a full house as family, friends, media, and community supporters, came together to help this brave little girl experience the happiness of one of her biggest dreams coming true. Allayah’s wish of going to Paris Fashion Week was granted with the help of Subaru, who sponsored a trip not only for her but her whole family for 6 days.
Models Tamica Michelle, Diamond Mone, and Marizela Huseinovic took part as live mannequins, showcasing a few of designer Yennie Zhou’s stunning gowns in their most high fashion poses. Complete with mimes, jugglers, and a smorgasbord fit for a day in Paris, you could see Allayah’s eyes light up as she soaked it all in. When she gets back from Paris, we’re excited to have her as a guest of honor at the 2018 presentations of Sacramento Fashion Week, and expect this fighter to be healthy and excited as she sits front row.
SACFW had a blast collaborating with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to make this reveal extra special. With the help of an amazing team–our beautiful models, hair stylist Jonathan Cheek, MUA Elysa Quintella, designers Yennie Zhou and Anastasia Kryukova, as well as coordinators Duane Ram and Jax Buttle, it was truly a magical event. We are definitely looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate on many more heartwarming endeavors in the near future with this amazing foundation.