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.