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A Real, Live Cat Takes The Runway At Fashion Week

“I draw inspiration from everything around me, including cats,” said designer Tracy Reese.

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The kitty looks quite self-possessed above in a practice round before the Tracy Reese show on Sunday at New York’s Lincoln Center.

The cat was apparently there as part of a partnership between designer Tracy Reese and pet food brand Purina ONE — the brand is launching a new line of cat foods as well as an initiative promoting leash training.

“As a designer, I draw inspiration from everything around me, including cats,” said Reese in a statement. “I loved the idea of incorporating cats into the runway show; cats have a lot of energy, which was the perfect complement to the models and my new line.”

A rep for Purina ONE said the cat’s name was Lily, and she was the very first cat to appear on the runway at New York Fashion Week.

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Here in the show itself she looks like she might be freaking out a little. She is definitely not smizing.

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Lily poses on her own.

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Lily with Tracy Reese (left).

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