The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2012 fashion show was held last night in New York City at the Hammerstein Ballroom. This annual event seeks to raise awareness about women and heart disease by featuring a host of beautiful actresses, singers and popular personalities in stunning red dresses, strutting their stuff for a celebrity-studded audience.

This year, The Heart Truth’s Red Dress show marked the start of this season’s New York City Fashion Week. An event that often features many African-American stars, Chaka Khan, television presenter Aisha Tyler, and TV host LaLa Anthony walked the runway for 2012 along with big names like Minka Kelly. Black luminaries Vivica A. Fox, Phylicia Rashad, and B. Smith (a notable lifestyle maven) also lent their presence to the charity affair, now in its tenth year.

The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection was created by “Million Hearts, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative to try to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, and ”[f]or African American women, the risk of heart disease is especially great.”

To learn more about heart disease prevention for black women, please visit The Heart Truth® for African American Women web site.