Last night New York Fashion Week went red! The Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection presented by Macy's was be back at the tents at Lincoln Center to raise awareness for heart disease nationwide. The show was kicked off with Emmy Award-winner Rosie O'Donnell and a performance by Fifth Harmony.
Despite the publicly held misconception, heart disease is not just a man's disease. In fact, 1 in 3 American women die from heart disease and stroke. Celebrities such as Star Jones and Laura Bell Bundy — both heart disease survivors — are helping to break the barriers on gender disparities, reframing this serious health issue. Many of the celebrity walkers are also breaking barriers in their own industries: Laverne Cox is the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category, Thalia is one of the best-selling Latina artists of all time, and Bethany Mota is one of the most popular YouTube celebrities.
"We know that by reaching people where they are — in this case, not only here in New York, but those following New York Fashion Week from around the globe online and on social media — we can raise awareness of the serious issue of heart disease in women," said Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association. "Raising awareness is critical to helping women live healthier lives, and for that reason we couldn't be happier to play host to the Red Dress Collection again this year."
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