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The Morning GIF: A male model’s runway rescue

Get ready to say "awwwwww."


Lorraine Murphy


Posted on Feb 16, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 9:19 pm CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we have an unofficial tradition of sharing GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you into the circle. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Tumblr, or elsewhere on the Internet.

It’s Fashion Week in New York City and all Tumblr is abuzz, so what better way to mark the occasion than with a celebratory GIF?

This set of snaps is actually from Paris last June. Let’s see if New York produces anything this adorable!

Brazilian model Alexandre Cunha was paired with a three-year-old moptop to showcase Smalto’s matching child-sized and adult tuxedos. Unfortunately, while the pressure of performing didn’t faze the buff Brazilian, his partner broke down in tears as they were striding the catwalk.

What happened then has been reblogged, commented, and hearted more than 40,000 times on various Tumblrs. Here’s where it all began, on the Greyships Tumblr, where they’ve got  a quote from Cunha about the incident:

“Once, I was supposed to close a show with a 3-year-old kid and we both had matching outfits. During rehearsal, everything went as planned, but on the day of the show he started crying halfway down the runway, so in my head I thought, ‘What am I supposed to do?!’ I ended up picking him up and I carried him to the end of the runway. This was funny only after the fact.”

But, yes, funny. Also: fabulous!

Alexandre Cunha

Alexandre Cunha

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*First Published: Feb 16, 2012, 11:58 am CST