Leighton Meester has been campaigning to raise awareness of domestic violence.

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The Gossip Girl star – who walked down a runway in New York’s Times Square – urged others to join her in donating a pair of her shoes to Marshall’s Shop ‘Til It Stops campaign.

She said: “I think it’s an issue that everyone can take part in because it applies to everyone.

“You can be a victim or someone you love can be a victim. The more people are aware, the more it can be prevented.

“No matter who is affected by domestic violence, I take it personally, so I think it’s partly my responsibility to talk about it.”

Leighton also spoke about how appearing in hit US TV show Gossip Girl has changed her off-screen style.

She explained: “I adore fashion, and I really have become so much more comfortable in it lately.

“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.

“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.”