Yesterday I attended a charity event in Union Square sponsored by Marshalls. The campaign, Shop 'Til it Stops, aims to stop Domestic Violence. Anyone who brought in a pair of shoes could get a new pair free. The shoes were used to create a shoe tree sculpture, commemorating the cause.
If you missed the event, you can still help out. For every pair of shoes purchased at Marshalls from now until October 16th, Marshalls will donate $1 to support Safe Horizon. Details here.
Anyways, the coolest thing about the event was that Leighton Meester, who plays Blair Waldorf on Gossip girl, was there. She spoke to the audience, walked a runway, and donated a pair of her own shoes to the tree. I interviewed her afterwards. She was much nicer in person than her character, let me tell you! She was also thinner than she appears on television. (Though in a small bones way, not an anorexic one.) Which makes me only imagine what the 90210 girls look like in real life!
Anyway, here are some pics and a short video clip of the madness. We had some papparazzi behaving badly that security had to surround and keep out of the action.
On the Red Carpet...
Me interviewing! And squinting...
Video of what the madness of these kinds of events is like.