As a growing familiar face in the international fashion scene, Heart Evangelista has been known to be a mainstay in Fashion Week activities in recent years. But she was noticeably absent in the Fashion Week events last month, particularly Paris and Milan Fashion Week. That said, Heart cleared up speculations and tweeted why she didn't attend any of the shows she was scheduled to do—and it has to do with "safety reasons."
"For those of you asking or concerned, I've decided last January to cancel all of my Fashion Week trips for safety reasons. That's why I was absent during Fashion Week. I pray for everyone's safety. God bless us all," she wrote.
Earlier this week, a Vietnamese heiress made headlines for testing positive with COVID-19 after attending major Fashion Weeks, including Saint Laurent in Paris and Gucci in Milan.
With a dramatic increase of those affected by the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19 worldwide, it's safe to take every precaution we can. And this means skipping events that draw in large crowds, like Fashion Week. Italy, where Milan Fashion Week is held, just overtook South Korea as the country with the most number of COVID-19 cases outside of China. The Italian government also imposed travel restrictions all over the country to stop the spread of the disease.
Stay safe, everyone!
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.