Houstonian’s star burns bright on New York runway

September 1, 2016 GMT

When New York Fashion Week kicks off Thursday, Houstonian Katie Moore likely will rule the runway.

Moore, 19, became the most talked-about model when she opened the Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2016 collection show for NYFW in February. She had sheared her long blonde hair, and strutted down the runway with a blunt red-orange bob - at the designer’s request. Wang called her his muse for the collection.

Since then, she has been featured on international runways and in fashion publications, including Vogue.

The Stratford High School grad was first spotted by Tabitha Pagel-Garcia, vice president of Page Parkes Corp., attending church at Second Baptist. Moore signed with the agency in 2013. She was featured in the ad campaign for the debut of Houston-based Miles David.

Moore, an actress, was nominated for a Tommy Tune Award for her role in Stratford’s “Bye Bye Birdie.”

She moved to New York after prestigious modeling agencies discovered her through Page Parkes. Fame came when she cut her hair.

“She called from the salon crying, but I told her, ‘This is what you wanted,’ ” Pagel-Garcia said.

“When they told me their vision for my hair I was so terrified for about five minutes and then realized: it’s just hair,” Moore told W magazine earlier this year. “It’s time to have some fun and explore a new side of me. I think it’s amazing. I would do it again in a heartbeat!”