Model Carol Alt struts for Ukrainian designer Nizie Emirshah

A fashion designer who fled Ukraine at the start of the war received help from a model this week to realize her American dream.

Celebrity model Carol Alt walked the runway for free to close designer Nizie Emirshah’s show at downtown’s Angel Orensanz space.

“I heard his story and wanted to help him,” Alt tells Page Six. “It was an incredible story of survival and hard knocks, grabbing yourself by the straps and getting back up.”

Emirshah – a member of the Crimean Tatar ethnic minority – tells us she left her homeland more than a year ago after the Russian invasion.

“Before that I worked there, I had a studio where we made clothes, collections, commissions and now I have to build everything here in America,” says Emirshah.

Emirshah rebuilds his life after fleeing Ukraine.
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His family is still in Ukraine, as is his original design team.

“I don’t really know where [my former team is] and how they are doing,” she tells us. “Someone doesn’t have a phone number, someone is lost. It’s the war. Some cities sank and were completely bombed. It’s complicated to know what happened to everyone. I can’t believe this is happening, but it’s a fact.

Emirshah, who has exhibited internationally, is trying to rebuild his life. She says she’s always worked in fashion and it’s “my life’s dream.” I think I’m here for a reason.

She remains optimistic despite everything.


Carole Alt
Alt was moved by the designer’s story of survival.
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“I believe that in America, everything is possible,” she tells us. “I believe in the American dream.”

Emirshah’s show launched Art Hearts Fashion, which helps emerging designers. She was also a*sisted by Fashion News Live founder Rocco Leo Gaglioti, who sponsors her.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Alt, who strutted her stuff in a black satin dress, tells us: “We live in a tough, tough world and inspiring stories like this help you in your daily life. You need inspiration and to see people fighting harder wars than you. And they succeed.

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