When the very popular, celebrity-studded “Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show” show kicks off at Manhattans Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom Wednesday, Feb. 6, among those who will be strutting down the catwalk will be a Danielson businesswoman who turned her own heart health around.
Cindy Parsons, who owns the Trink-et Shoppe in Danielson, will be flaunting a new body, a new attitude and a new designer dress as the runway representative for 140 women from the state’s northeast corner who successfully completed the “Follow the Fifty: Models of Heart Health” campaign here.
Parsons lost 77 pounds and lowered her blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass index as part of the one-year, nationally funded regional program that began here in February, 2012. Those arranging the New York City fashion show to highlight Heart Health Month were so impressed with the results from the campaign (coordinated by the state’s Northeast District Department of Health with the HealthQuest Northeast Connecticut Coalition) that they invited five of the women to be part of the audience at the show.
Local program organizers however, couldn’t choose just five to attend given everyone’s success, so Heart Truth invited the whole group to the fashion show. Parsons was invited to model in the show because of her exemplary commitment and efforts on behalf of others in the program.
On Wednesday the heart healthy Connecticut women will be dressed to the nines in red dresses, boarding buses for the Big Apple show where they will cheer Parsons on.
Parsons was in New York City Wednesday being fitted for her designer dress for the show. Among those modeling with her are fitness guru Jillian Michaels, Olympic star Gabby Douglas, the Today’s Show Savannah Guthrie and singer Toni Braxton.
Among the designers who have participated in the 11-year-old fashion show are Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Nicole Miller, Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta and Narciso Rodriguez.