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Zelda Kaplan

Runway Models UNFAZED

as Fashion Icon Collapses & Dies

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

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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"oh darling this fashion show is to DIE FOR!......"

924 days ago


I've been to Fashion Week before.... and when the show is on... the production lights in the audience is dark... and all of the lights are on the runway.... so most likely the models didn't see what was goin' on.... and the designer definately doesn't know what is goin' on because they are still gettin' looks together backstage wit' their team...

924 days ago


I LOVE IT!! Great video!! It was basically...scoop her up...get her out of here & keep the show rolling!

923 days ago


I LOVE it!! Scoop her up....get her out of here & keep going!!

923 days ago


face face face sweety darling....

923 days ago


Check out the video of her being carried away:

923 days ago


I doubt the models were even aware of anything out of sorts and they should stop because maybe someone fainted for all they knew? Can you imagine the Yankees or a Gaints game stopping because someone got sick or died in the stands??? I doubt that very much.

921 days ago


What a fabulous way to go,.. really blessed Zelda! I think she would prefer to pass after the show. But that been hold in between her and her Master. Seriously, I think she has not notice the change and was there enjoying the show till the grand finally!

920 days ago


I don't think she would want it any other way! RIP

920 days ago


Can't believe the shallowness of the fashion industry and the zombies who inhabit it. SHAME ON YOU ALL!

920 days ago

D. Johnston    

Well thankfully someone did come to her aid. But being that she was a big supporter of fashion I think the show should have been delayed in the moments after her collapse. Shallow people with no respect.

919 days ago

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911 days ago


"Unfazed"? Bull****. For all they knew, she could have been completely drunk off her ass or something, not dying. In a fashion show? Come on. Attendees casually drinking a little beforehand is quite common, so it's completely possible. OF COURSE they're not going to stop their walk if they think she's just drunk; It's their job. The same thing could happen at a concert, an award ceremony, hell- even at a coffee shop or cafe. Those who think the models were intentionally ignoring a dying woman must be complete ****ing retards.

907 days ago


this is why people ge aneroxic they look at those stick thin things and think 'im not good enough'

836 days ago
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