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Minka Kelly walks the runway for heart health and shares her beauty must haves

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Q&A with Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly reveals her beauty routine, best red carpet moments and spills on the celeb closet she'd love to steal as she prepares to walk the runway during the annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show today in NYC.
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Minka Kelly at the 2013 Red Dress Collection Fashion Show
Minka Kelly struts her stuff in a stunning red Oscar de la Renta Gown at the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show.

In support of women's heart health programs, Diet Coke celebrity ambassador Minka Kelly will strut on the catwalk in an Oscar de la Renta gown at the annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show tonight to kick off New York Fashion Week.

Minka Kelly at the 2012 Red Dress Collection Fashion Show

We caught up with the fashionista while she was getting ready for the big event to get the scoop on why this program is so important to her, as well as her beauty and fashion tips.

SheKnows: Why is this Heart Truth program so important to you?

Minka Kelly: I learned that heart disease is the number one killer of women, so I wanted to use whatever voice I have to raise awareness and encourage women to take care of their heart. I'm most excited about the fashion show tonight because Diet Coke launched a program on their social media, where if you tag a photo on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #showyourheart, Diet Coke will donate $1, up to $100,000, for women's heart research.

minka's product picksSK: Can you tell us a bit about the gown you'll be wearing at tonight's fashion show?

MK: It's straight from the Oscar de la Renta runway! It's beautiful — long and very flowy, which will move very well on the runway.

SK: Now on to beauty — what are your three essentials?

MK: I always have to have my Aquaphor in my purse! I also love to highlight my eyelashes by curling them, so a good eyelash curler is essential. Finally, a little Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer can go a long way on the face!

SK: Time for some more fashion — what are some of your all-time favorite red carpet moments?

MK: I don't know if I've ever loved a red carpet moment because they're so nerve-wracking! But, in terms of my dresses, I adored my Oscar de la Renta dress at the 2012 Art of Elysium Gala. It was so fun for me! The electric yellow color was great. I also loved my custom-made DVF red dress I wore at last year's Heart Truth fashion show!

Minka Kelly wearing an Oscar de la Renta dress at the 2012 Art of Elysium gala and Minka Kelly wearing a custom made DVF dress at the 2012 Heart for Truth

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SK: If you could steal a fellow celeb's closet, whose would it be?

MK: I actually love Rachel Roy's style! I love the way she carries herself. Also, Mandy Moore's! I want to raid her closet!

SK: After tonight's fashion show, what's next for you this year?

MK: I just finished filming this movie The Butler with Forest Whitaker, where I play Jackie Kennedy. It was an excellent cast, so I'm really excited about that!

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Photo credits: Andres Otero/WENN.com, Apega/WENN.com, Andres Otero/WENN.com
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