In the movie The Devil Wears Prada, fictional editor Miranda Priestly’s moods are ranked on a scale. One nod is good, two nods is very good, but there has been only one smile on record.
For wish kid Kylie, whose wish to go to Paris Fashion Week was inspired by the movie, nodding and smiling were all she did during her whole trip, an experience that in her words was “glorious”.
“My favorite movie in the entire world is The Devil Wears Prada,” said Kylie. “I took French in school for a long time and have always wanted to travel to see Paris Fashion Week. When I was told I would get a wish, I knew that was my wish: the fashion and the food – it was a perfect fit.”
Kylie needed something perfect after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017. During treatments at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, she would watch online fashion shows and look at the styles of different clothing designers to keep her mind occupied with something beautiful instead of the ugliness and pain of treatments.
Kylie was inspired by her favorite designers, and while in Paris, was able to see many of them first-hand. She was especially excited to see designer Issey Miyake’s show.
“Issey Miyake incorporated a lot of bright happy clothing, lots of color and funky patterns. I also really liked the venue which had a glass ceiling. It was so open and just a beautiful space,” said Kylie.
“I learned a lot from my time in Paris. All the designers have different visions and it was amazing to see them all come to life. I can’t imagine the time and effort that goes into these shows, and the clothes were beyond anything I could have dreamed of seeing in real life,” she continued.
Of course, she was able to tour the city as well. Seeing its beauty up close was like living in her favorite movie.
“I am forever blessed and grateful that we were able to see the Notre Dame. We saw it during our first day in Paris. It was the most glorious day,” said her mother, Mary Kay. “We were able to walk into the cathedral and soak it all up. We also spent time in the Louvre Museum and loved going to the Paris MOMA.”
For Kylie, her wish was powerful because it was personal. It took her away from her life with cancer and gave her an experience she will never forget. It was very special for her family too – to be there with her and to see how it gave her something to think about instead of the cancer.
“This was by far the greatest experience for her,” said Mary Kay. “The thing for me that was so powerful was this was the first time I saw Kylie feel truly beautiful. You lose your hair, eyelashes and weight because of treatment. The trip gave Kylie a tremendous amount of confidence.”
Next year, Kylie will be attending the University of Washington to study Bio Med. She plans to take a pre-med track and attend medical school afterward.
“I’ve always known I wanted to do something to help kids. After I was diagnosed and went through treatments, I knew I wanted to help children like me because of the work that my doctors did for me,” Kylie said.