SMW’s Celebrity Scene: Fashion Steps Out for Charity

Stephen Burrows, Beverly Johnson and Tim GunnThis past Monday night, I attended Fashion Forward, an event fundraiser put on by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), an organization that helps spread awareness about AIDS and HIV. “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn (I’m a huge fan!) hosted the event, with some of New York’s best-loved designers, including Ports 1961 by Tia Cibani, Michael Bastian, Tim Hamilton, Betsey Johnson, Charles Nolan, and John Varvatos. Held in downtown’s spacious Skylight Studios, there was a real feeling of the creative design community coming together to raise money by doing what we do best: Putting on a show! I was adorned with a dress by “Project Runway” runner-up Korto Momolu, and the fabulous Joey Sanchez, professional makeup artist to the stars made me and my BFF look hot, hot, hot.

This week I did my part to educate women about uterine fibroids, a painful condition that effects up to 75% of American women. On Monday, I joined the morning crew at The Wake-Up Club on New York’s hottest station KISS FM.

Leighton MeesterIn 1997,  I had some of my fibroids removed surgically, but two years later, they were back again. I consulted with two doctors; both recommended complete removal of my uterus and ovaries. I had the procedure, and unfortunately, suffered severe complications from it.

While a hysterectomy is a viable choice for some women, there are other treatment options that may be better suited for others. I wasn’t given an option, and I admit, I didn’t do research to learn what else was available.

Now I’m sharing my story so that other women with uterine fibroids know that there are a number of treatment options. I’m also committed to making sure that every woman who thinks she has uterine fibroids is empowered to learn about treatment options and the pros and cons of each. On November 18, I’ll discuss the issue on the Today Show.

Last Wednesday I attended the Lucky Magazine 5th Annual Lucky Shops event with my daughter Anansa Sims. Hosted by the sizzling star of Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester, I wore Dolce & Gabbana. Like the magazine, the Lucky Shops event brings together some of their favorite designers for a year-end sale of off-season items. Part of the proceeds go to the Robin Hood Foundation, which helps other poverty-fighting organizations in New York City. I found some great deals! And fought the good fight.

XO, BeverlyBeverly Johnson

Beverly Johnson, a business woman, model, actress, and author  has appeared on the cover of virtually every major fashion magazine in the world, from Ebony to Vogue to Glamour. You can catch her television show, “She’s Got the Look”, on TV Land.