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Thursday May 17, 2012 10:19 am
Karlie Kloss and Jason Wu’s $50,000 Walk
Karlie Kloss and Jason Wu are teaming up to raise $50,000 for AIDS organizations.
The model and the designer are close friends and will head up a team called Step Forward to complete a 6.2-mile sponsored AIDS Walk around New York this Saturday. They are currently taking sponsorships to reach their target.
"The idea came about at the Met Ball with a mutual friend of ours. We were in a sea of glamour and we looked at each other and said, 'what do we do next?' The AIDS Walk became a perfect opportunity to change our ballgown and black tie for sneakers and work-out clothes. Juicy Couture is even donating a bucket of money for me to wear their clothes for the event which is amazing - it's fantastic to see my friends in the fashion community getting behind us, come on guys!" Karlie explained.
Karlie, 19, wore a custom-made pink gown by Jason to the Met ball earlier this month. She joked she had been training for the walk by getting plenty of practice on catwalks:
"I have been training for this walk on many catwalks around the world. I wanted a day to spend with my friends in New York that was healthy and positive and what a better way to do that than in Central Park and raising awareness for a cause that I am passionate about. It's about raising awareness and making a difference."
The former ballerina also said she was inspired to do the walk after a moving story she had heard. "I sat at the Glamour Women Of The Year Awards one year and was inspired by a woman called Elizabeth Glaser and her son Jake and their story. It was through this I became involved in awareness for Paediatric AIDS. My father is a doctor so I understand the fight as well."
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