PROMOTING BEAUTY WITHIN: From left, Haglund, Herzog, von Furstenberg
This year's annual public forum hosted by the Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at MGH featured David B. Herzog, MD, director of the Harris Center, and legendary fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The March 8 event took place at Harvard Business School with nearly 800 guests attending the forum and 150 attending the reception.
Prior to the event, von Furstenberg spent the afternoon with the Harris Center Teen Mentorship Program for a group discussion with Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, and Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008. Fifteen young women between the ages of 12 and 18 from several Boston-area schools heard von Furstenberg and the two pageant winners share their personal experiences and perceptions concerning the importance of healthy behaviors and images in the media.
Later, at the public forum, von Furstenberg continued her efforts to "promote beauty as health" by addressing topics of empowerment, self-image and well-being. She shared her life story, starting with the inspiration and courage she drew from her mother, a Holocaust survivor. She also asked audience members to reconsider how they view themselves and others. "Beauty is perfect in its imperfections," she said.
The program closed with Herzog re-affirming his commitment to working with leaders of the fashion industry to promote better health for both fashion models and the general public.
The event helped raise more than $250,000 for the Harris Center, which is dedicated to research, education and advocacy for eating disorders and offers clinical assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, adults and families affected by these diseases. For more information about the center, access www.harriscentermgh.org.