Leighton Meester Walks the Runway to Battle Domestic Violence

10/02/2008 at 05:30 PM ET

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Leighton Meester is doing her part to end domestic violence, taking to the runway today to raise awareness for the issue. “I think it’s an issue that everyone can take part in because it applies to everyone,” the Gossip Girl actress told reporters in N.Y.C’s Union Square. “You can be a victim or someone you love can be a victim. The more people are aware, the more it can be prevented.” Meester said as a woman, she has a special interest in the issue. “No matter who is affected by domestic violence, I take it personally, so I think it’s partly my responsibility to talk about it.” The actress donated an old pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes for Marshall’s Shop ‘Til It Stops campaign, a drive to end domestic violence. Clad in a Brian Reyes and another pair of Stuart Weitzman heels, Meester credits her hit show with her transformation into a fashionista favorite. “I adore fashion, and I really have become so much more comfortable in it lately,” she said. “Because of the show, I’ve become more aware of trends and designers, and I’m so much more comfortable dressing up and going all out now.” In between Gossip Girl and New York nightlife, Meester likes to keep it casual. “The more I do the show, the more it makes me appreciate being able to just wear jeans and a T-shirt in my daily life.” Doing good and looking good — does it get better? –Emmet Sullivan

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