- Title: USA: Celebrities hit the runway in red dresses to help combat heart disease
- Date: 14th February 2009
- Summary: VARIOUS OF AMANDA BYNES WALKING THE RUNWAY IN DANIEL SWAROVSKI JENNIE GARTH WALKING THE RUNWAY IN BADGLEY MISCHKA TORI SPELLING WALKING THE RUNWAY IN BETSEY JOHNSON BRITTANY SNOW WALKING THE RUNWAY IN MARCHESA VIVICA A. FOX WALKING THE RUNWAY IN JENNY PACKHAM VARIOUS DAISY FUENTES WALKING THE RUNWAY IN PAMELLA ROLAND VARIOUS OF NATASHA HENSTRIDGE WALKING THE RUNWAY IN VERRIER VARIOUS OF ACTRESS PATRICIA ARQUETTE WALKING THE RUNWAY IN NICOLLE MILLER ACTRESS CICELY TYSON WALKING THE RUNWAY IN B. MICHAEL VARIOUS OF HILARY DUFF WALKING THE RUNWAY IN DONNA KARAN 28 LYNDA CARTER WALKING THE RUNWAY IN CAROLINA HERRERA VARIOUS OF CELEBRITIES WALKING THE RED CARPET AT THE END OF SHOW
- Embargoed: 1st March 2009 13:55
- Location: Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Health
- Reuters ID: LVACAGZQRD7XAR3UTMRZF591G0XR
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Story Text: Celebrities strut their stuff on the catwalk and team up with designer to help in the fight against heart disease.
They primped, they primed and they pouted - all in the name of a good cause. The female stars of film and television who strutted down the runway in New York on Friday (February 13) ranged in age but shared two things in common. They were all wearing red dresses and they could all be victims one day of the disease that kills more women than any other - heart disease.
The annual Heart's Truth fashion show teams designers up with celebrities to showcase a collection of one-of-a-kind red dresses and to raise awareness about the number one killer among women.
"I think it's important to raise awareness and let people know." said actress Hilary Duff, who was wearing Donna Karan. "I was shocked to find out that heart disease is the number one killer of women. To get the word out there to start taking care of yourself early, I think is important."
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), one in four women dies of heart disease. For actress Natasha Henstridge, heart disease is more than a statistic.
"My grandmother had quadruple bypass surgery when she was in her late 60s. My father is on cholesterol pills. I mean it just affects everybody on so many levels," she said.
It was the lack of information on how fatal heart disease can be, that made many of the celebrities decide to get involved.
"For me personally, it made me aware that heart disease is the number one killer among women - more than cancer and I think it's an important message for women that we are all at risk and that we have to take care of our health and that we can all do something to prevent it," said actress Daisy Fuentes.
The NHLBI suggests the following to combat the disease: no smoking, exercise, eat healthy and get your blood checked for cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose frequently.
While increasing awareness was the number one reason for participating, several celebrities also stressed the importance of having good ol' fun.
"That's the main thing I want to tell the girls. Just have a good time today. Throw it away," said Vivica A. Fox who strutted like a lioness on the runway. "Your friends are here to support you. You know, there's going to be a couple people judging you but of course. But overall, just have a good time."
Lynda Carter best known for her role as Wonderwoman also felt the girl power.
"You know, this is about us being together, being for one another," she said. "You know going out there all of us getting make-overs, all of us having our hair done and dresses put on and talking about our health."
The red dresses will be auctioned off through www.clothesoffourback.com and will be on display at Rockefeller Center's Top of the Rock Observation Deck from February 14 through February 21.
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