Model who fainted at Yeezy show speaks up

"I honestly didn't want to sit because I felt like this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Gordonnay Gaines said

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 9 Sep 2016

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Kanye West's debut of his Yeezy Season 4 collection yesterday had a lot of people talking, but most of it centred on how a model named Gordonnay Gaines collapsed during the show. The show took place outdoors, so the heat took a toll on many models, especially those standing still on the grass field. With no apparent medical support made ready at the venue, Gordonnay only received help from her fellow models, but then got up again a while later, although she could be seen swaying slightly a few times.

"I honestly didn't want to sit because I felt like this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I didn't want to sit but I guess that backfired on me," she told ELLE US. She did also say that the models were allowed to sit down. "Really just free, whatever we wanted kind of. I think [Kanye's] just really laid back. He's like a really nice person."

The Seton Hall University student who had her father drive her to the show, even said she felt bad for passing out.

"We were standing out here for a long time, but I've just been working all week," she said. Did she think it was difficult to stand in that heat? "Yeah, like your knees lock up. I should be used to it, but I don't know what happened today."


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Another model, Cassandra (pictured below in the back row, second from the left) came to the show from Marist College in Poughkeepsie (that means it took her over an hour to reach the island). Despite the long journey and after a few hours spent at the train station waiting for a cab, Cassandra managed to make it to the show by 7am.

She was one of the models who chose to sit down. "Cause of fatigue with the sun all day, running up and down," she explained. "Yeah. I've had about 45 minutes of sleep with coming from [Kanye's concert] to the show, and here I am. So, yeah."

Cassandra also said that they were put into formation and "it was just really to relax". "If we ever were uncomfortable we had the option to sit down, which was really nice because sometimes you don't get that," she said. "So we got the option to sit down or stand up, but other than that it was just pretty much 'stand still'."


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Her excitement was palpable. "It was literally like watching a movie, and it's weird that I was a part of it. I feel like being that person's like, 'Oh my God. I can't wait to work with Kanye West. I can't wait to see Teyana Taylor and all these people in front of me.' Like, Pharrell's walking past me; he's one of my heroes."

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