Hilary Swank & Queen Latifah to Rock the Runway in Denver Fashion Show Fundraiser

Two-time Oscar and Golden Globe-winner Hilary Swank and Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winner Queen Latifah will rock the runway with models with Down syndrome at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Nov. will rock the runway with models with Down syndrome at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show Nov. 12 in Denver. The annual Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global) fundraiser previously announced the support of co-hosts Mario Lopez and Kim Christiansen, actors Matt Dillon and John C. McGinley, two-time SUPER BOWL Champion and MVP Peyton Manning, model Amanda Booth, and special Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award honoree Frank Stephens.

“Hilary Swank and Queen Latifah are amazing role models who believe deeply in fighting for equality and celebrating diversity. We are so pleased they will be at our event sending our message to the world – that people with Down syndrome are more alike (and awesome!) than different,” said Global Down Syndrome Foundation President and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten. “Through their distinguished careers both of these icons have exemplified their commitment to the community and we are so pleased that they are supporting our research and medical care for people with Down syndrome.”

Swank has been involved in numerous philanthropies and nonprofit organizations throughout her career, including supporting and empowering women suffering from medical issues. Queen Latifah, who has backed AIDS and cancer research, has long been a pioneer to end discrimination and equal the playing field.

Global’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show is the single largest fundraiser benefitting people with Down syndrome in the world selling out each year with 1,200 guests and raising over $2 million. The event culminates in a fashion show featuring models with Down syndrome clothed by REVOLVE. Proceeds from the event benefit Global’s life-saving and life-changing medical care and scientific research at the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

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Open Road Nabs Domestic Rights to ‘Spark’ With Hilary Swank, Jessica Biel

Open Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Spark,” an upcoming animated release that features the voices of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Biel.

The film is inspired the 16th-century Chinese novel, “Journey to the West,” and follows a teenage monkey who leads a space expedition to save the planet from a cruel dictator. Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame, and Jace Norman from Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger,” round out the voice cast. Aaron Woodley (“The Entitled”) directs and wrote the screenplay with Doug Hadders and Adam Rotstein. Open Road Films plans to release the film on April 14, 2017. The studio previously had an animation success with “The Nut Job” films. Its other films include the Best Picture-winning “Spotlight,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Chef.”

“Spark” is a co-production with ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co., Ltd, Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.

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Chelsea – Women’s Dinner Party – Netflix

Actresses Hilary Swank and Connie Britton, director Ava DuVernay, and Miss USA Deshauna Barber join Chelsea for an all-female Dinner Party to discuss the overall landscape of how women are treated, the pay gap, life lessons and so much more! DuVernay, who received a Golden Globe nod for her work on Selma, shares the pay jump she received for the film in comparison to her previous film. Swank also shares the nominal pay gap she received on a film that she passed on despite being a two-time Academy Award winner compared to the “hot” male lead.

Hilary Swank Debuts Athleisure Line That’s ‘A Natural Extension of My Own Approach to Life’

Hilary Swank, two-time Academy Award winner for Best Actress, is taking up a new passion — design.

The star, now 42, announced today that she’s launching Mission Statement, a new athleisure line featuring clothes that, as she describes, mix “high performance and high fashion.” She’s been working for two years on the collection, which includes jackets, dresses, sports bras and more in wicking fabrics and a range of colors, from gray to black to cobalt blue.

“I’ve had this idea percolating and evolving in my mind for a while, but I have only been actively working on it for the past few years,” Swank tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t want to approach this as a hobby or side project. For me, this was just a natural extension of my own approach to life and then also realizing I wasn’t alone in this desire to have clothing that transitioned naturally from my workouts into my day. Every piece that was designed has a very specific function but allows for that seamless transition. The entire line is designed around this premise.”

The collection will be officially available for pre-sale today on missionstatement.com, starting at $125 for a sports bra and ranging up to $1,150 for a leather jacket.

In the days leading up to the launch, Swank spoke to PEOPLE about the meaning behind the name of her brand, why she’s launching it at this moment in her career, her favorite pieces and more. Scroll down to find out the mission behind Mission Statement.Read More

Hilary Swank Explains Why She’s Launching an Athleisure Collection

If you’ve been wondering what two-time Academy-Award-winning actress Hilary Swank has been up to for the past two years, we’ve got the answer. No, it’s not another tear-jerking movie—it’s her very own clothing line. The brand, called Mission Statement launches today with a “transitional” athleisure fare. According to Swank, who actually prefers to call it “aesthetic wear,” it’s the first offering she’s seen on the market that can truly transition from the gym to real life. (In other words: it performs like activewear but looks nothing like it.) We’re already eyeing those leather leggings; but before we buy our pair, we chatted with the actress—and now, designer—about what it took to create Mission Statement.

Glamour: Why did you decide to start this brand now?
Hilary Swank: I wasn’t alone in wanting to have clothing that naturally transitioned from my workouts into my day. I think it’s important for the modern woman to have clothes that are multi-faceted and functional. Women need the ability to go from exercising straight to meetings, dropping the kids at school, or running errands. I couldn’t find something for that which didn’t look like actual workout clothes—so I designed it.

Glamour: How will you be wearing Mission Statement pieces this fall?
HS: If I’m playing tennis, I’ll throw on one of the jackets and heels to go to work. Or I’ll add some cloud layers—that’s the cashmere pieces—with boots or sneakers for a day off.Read More

Hilary Swank’s Next Act

After a two-year acting hiatus, Hilary Swank is leaping back into public life—this time at the helm of a luxe activewear line she calls Mission Statement.

“When I was in my twenties and thirties, I felt so alone in my insecurities,” Hilary Swank says. “When you hit 40, you’re like, Oh, we all have our insecurities. You just feel less alone in them.” Two years after that landmark birthday, with her trademark blinding smile and perfectly shiny chestnut hair—her skin free of both makeup and, the actress suspects, sunscreen (did she put it on this morning? She can’t recall)—Swank still exudes the athletic physicality and dash of aw-shucks earnestness that, onscreen, enables her to disappear into gritty, often glamour-free roles (including her two Oscar-winning turns, in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry and 2004’s Million Dollar Baby).

Sitting knock-kneed on a pool chair at her pal Chelsea Handler’s sleek Bel-Air home, Swank is discussing the realizations she arrived at over the last two years, during which she hit pause on acting to be with her father, Stephen, during his successful recovery from a lung transplant. “While I was with my dad in the hospital, there was a lot of quiet space,” she says. But quiet space isn’t really her thing. “To be able to just sit down sometimes and allow an hour to pass, even just sitting in nature.…” Swank wishes she were better at that. “This is probably where I could use work,” she admits.

Instead, Swank spent her downtime—if tending to an ailing parent really qualifies as such, which it doesn’t—building her charity, the Hilaroo Foundation, which pairs at-risk youth with rescue dogs at an ongoing series of L.A.-area day camps. She was also plotting a new enterprise: a luxury athleisure collection, Mission Statement—something she’d contemplated before but had never had the time or mental resources to see through.Read More

Hilary Swank Launches Mission Statement

Answering the door of her New York apartment, Hilary Swank introduces herself with a handshake and a broad smile. However recognizable the two-time Oscar winner is, she has completely immersed herself in the real-life role of founder of the new direct-to-consumer Mission Statement e-commerce business.

“All-in” borders on inadequate when describing her entrepreneurialism with the ath-leisure label that launches today. Instead of taking on myriad fashion deals as many celebrities have, Swank spent two years devising a business plan, sourcing production and rooting out the right contacts for her self-funded operation. High-energy throughout a lengthy interview, Swank said she was compelled to start Mission because she couldn’t find workout-worthy attire that could pass for stylish sportswear on city streets or airborne at 30,000 feet. When a few tables and couches needed to be moved for a photo shoot, Swank went right to it, insisting the tables were too heavy for others to move.

Swank swam in the Junior Olympics and later became a state finalist in gymnastics. Whether in the gym, practicing yoga, spinning or playing 10 hours of tennis a week, exercise is still part of her daily routine. “I grew up as an athlete so working out for me is like breathing, sleeping, eating, drinking water — it is a really vital part of my life,” she said, adding that like many women her days roll on right from the morning workout without any time to change. “No one was hitting the mark in my opinion. There’s not really a crossover brand. How make high-performance wear that meets high fashion. How do I find that? I couldn’t so I created it.”Read More