The annual affair serves as an important reminder that women need to protect their heart health because cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 1 in 3 women each year – more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of such cases can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
In a hallmark of the fashion show, celebs wear red gowns designed especially for them by noted designers. This year, for the first time, they were joined by two everyday women who are heart disease survivors. Here are some of the looks:
Code Black actress Bonnie Sommerville joyfully romps on the runway in Carmen Marc Valvo.
Katie Holmes, wearing a Marchesa design, hosted the evening.
The Brady Bunch actress Maureen McCormick looks smart in a pantsuit by Project Runway contestant Emilio Sosa. McCormick said she participated in the show to honor her TV mom, Florence Henderson, who died of congestive heart failure late last year.
Actress Lauren Holly in Escada.
Model Veronica Webb in Amanda Casarez.
Heart disease survivor Star Jones attended the show with her pooch Pinky,
Actress Juliet Lewis in Christian Siriano.
American Heart Association Real Woman heart disease survivor Nicole Hardy has a lot to be happy about.
Orange Is The New Black actress Lorraine Toussaint in Masha Titievsky.
Transgender reality star Jazz Jennings in Mac Duggal.
Disney Channel actress Peyton List in Naeem Khan.
Ladies in red celebrate on the runway at the end of the show.