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Zelda Kaplan

Runway Models UNFAZED

as Fashion Icon Collapses & Dies

2/17/2012 4:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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File under the category: The Show Must Go On.  As a fashion icon collapsed and died at a show during New York fashion week, the runway models didn't miss a step as they pranced past her.

TMZ obtained footage from the Joanna Mastroianni Autumn/Winter 2012 show on Feb. 15 ... which shows three men rushing to Zelda Kaplan's aid after she lapsed into unconsciousness in her front row seat.

Some of the lights were turned on ... and people can be seen crossing over the runway to help out ... but the ultra-focused models continue their walks without ever breaking stride.

Eventually, Zelda was carried out by 4 people and taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

FYI -- models are usually given strict orders to ignore EVERYTHING that happens in the crowd when they're on the runway. Clearly, these models took their instructions to heart.

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31.

IceGypsy    

These girls need to start eating, and taking care of themselves. This girl died for what, so she could be a hanger for some clothes? How sad that they didn't stop the show.

889 days ago
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Beverleehillzman    

Models are paid to walk the runway. That is all. They are not paid to look after anyone. They step over others models that have fallen on the runway. They (should) have security and paramedics to take care of some in the audience. Sorry.

889 days ago
33.

Jane    

The headline to this story is sleazy, especially in light of the last sentence.

Those models probably had no idea there was anything going on, or if a few did, they didn't know exactly what it was. It isn't fair to lead this story off with making the models look like they are didn't care about what happened.

The death of this poor lady was enough of a story without dragging the models through the sleaze.

She was a fashion icon and elderly, she probably went out just as she would have preferred, viewing a show and she would be the first to understand what happened with the show continuing.

I know TMZ does not have the balls to do this, but it would be nice if these stories had a real byline, like the name of the person who wrote it instead of "TMZ Staff". But, obviously this generic byline has a purpose.

889 days ago
34.

Ms. Scarlet    

May she RIP.

Somehow I get the feeling that because she was such a fashion icon that the models did exactly what she would have wanted them to do.

889 days ago
35.

Bill    

All I can say is someday these "models" will grow old and lose thier looks. Then they will simply be empty half human shells... How disgraceful of them all...

889 days ago
36.

batterup    

These models collapse all the time. They are probably thinking, just give her a banana and she'll be fine.

889 days ago
37.

Your Momma    

What were they supposed to do? If they are in the back preparing to come out, they do not know what is going on outside and the lady was not pronounced dead til later. Why stop the show just because some one may be ill.

889 days ago
38.

LIsa    

Holy crap! What does that say about our society that someone can die right under your feet, and you are supposed to act like you don't notice. Not the world I want to live in...

889 days ago
39.

victory    

When your time comes, this old gal went where she was surrounded by what she loved. This fashion icon, most likely had a massive stroke and didn't utter a sound. As for those around her, most, likely didn't hear a thing, other than an old woman 'fainting'. Even in church, if someone 'faints', they are taken out quietly, as to not disturb the service.

889 days ago
40.

Murderwood    

What did she die from?

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889 days ago
41.

nerfTractor    

What were they supposed to do? Stop power walking and render aid? I have to imagine your average runway model is not moonlighting as an EMT.

889 days ago
42.

Gerri    

The models can barely see with that strong light in their eyes.

889 days ago
43.

JAN    

No emotion, no feeling, just strut and don't fall down, that's a runway models life.
That's what they get paid THOUSANDS of dollars for.
A little break would of been courteous though! Poor woman!!

889 days ago
44.

Debbie    

So what wasn't she like 95 or something Please she has a good innings
Debbie

889 days ago
45.

jillybean    

What a bunch of trolls...Americans are so uptight.

888 days ago
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