The prestigious designers are not the only protagonists of the New York Fashion Week that opened its doors this Thursday. Thalía, actresses Dasha Polanco, Laverne Cox, Jane Seymour, blogger Bethany Mota, and singers Ciara and Zendaya, among 20 other celebrities, will parade for a good cause: raising awareness of heart disease.
The Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection is an initiative of the American Heart Association, whose mission is to educate about heart disease among women, as they are traditionally more associated with the male gender.
"I am honored to participate in this parade," Thalía told People en Español. "Joining forces with other real women in this campaign we will raise awareness among women and give them the knowledge and tools necessary to [combat] these diseases."
To which he added: “Studies show that Hispanic women tend to develop heart ailments at an early age. We tend to take care of our families and homes, and sometimes we don't take care of ourselves. It is time to make a change.”
VIDEO: Thalía, Guest Editor at People en Español
For his part, Polanco added: “I lost a member of my family who suffered from heart disease. I want to draw attention to this cause because these problems claim the lives of 1 in 3 women, and it predominates among Latinos.
"Today I dress in red to stand up for all the brave women who are battling heart disease, or who are prone to suffering from stress or an unhealthy lifestyle," she added.
One of the youngest participants, the singer Zendaya, stressed that it is "a privilege" to be part of this event. "I am honored to support this initiative."