Linda in India
THERE was no glitz in tow. No glamour. Just complete empathy for the cause she is promoting. Supermodel LINDA EVANGELISTA came, saw and conquered the hearts of those on whose behalf she visted India. Even as Evangelista handed over a cheque for $250,000 from the MAC-AIDS fund to an Indian NGO working with AIDs and HIV affected people, it was her interaction with women and their children from Mumbai's famous red light district that broke the ice. "I had come prepared for what I would see," said Evangelista but "in all that pain and sadness there was hope. That was unexpected and I came away feeling hopeful." The leggy supermodel said that today she felt people like her who had led "protected and privileged lives" had an obligation to help. She felt that though the platform of "films, fashion and music were different", they could reach out to more people as a team. Evangelista said she had been personally affected by AIDS. "My first agent died of it and then some friends.... But now it is a global issue and we have to work together on it."
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