Lisa Wilkinson knows her colour and she’s not afraid to flaunt a little bit of skin on the red carpet. The journalist and TV personality mingled with Hollywood stars at the inaugural Fred Hollows gala dinner in Los Angeles.
The dinner, hosted by Joel Edgerton, served as a US launch for the Australian charity, which seeks to end avoidable blindness and ensure that “people in developing countries will get the same quality eye care the rest of the world takes for granted”.
Some of Australia’s most impressive talent attended the event, including Sam Worthington (Avatar) and wife Lara, and Jai Courtney, who made a name for himself with appearances in blockbuster franchises such as Suicide Squad, Divergent, and the latest instalments of the Die Hard and Terminator series. Ricky Martin, a former host on the Australian version of The Voice, also made an appearance.
But all eyes were on Wilkinson, who played MC at the event, as she strutted the red carpet and took to the stage in a stunning red Capellazzo gown that showed off her glowing complexion.
Wilkinson continues to look more vibrant after she gave up her early-morning hosting gig with Australia’s Today show, and the photos posted to her Instagram showed nothing but smiles and laughter.
“Oh what a night. Huge funds raised for @fredhollows here in Los Angeles last night, as the Foundation launches in the US. And this man right here @joeledgerton – and his huge heart – made it all happen,” Wilkinson captioned an image of her and Edgerton on the red carpet.
Standing front and centre in another photo on her Instagram, Wilkinson lavished praise on the hardworking team at the Fred Hollows Foundation Gala.
Just some of the incredibly hardworking team at the @FredHollows Foundation Gala on Wednesday here in LA. Did you know that right now more than 73 million people in Ethiopia are at risk of contracting trachoma, the leading cause of blindness worldwide? Along with their children, women are up to 4 times more likely to contract the disease than men. But through a simple procedure performed by medical angels like Dr Wondu (to my left), taking no more than 20 minutes and costing less than $60, someone with advanced trachoma can have their sight saved. In some countries – the Hollows Foundation is now active in 25 around the world – it costs as little as $25. For more info on how you can help, go to fredhollows.org Thank you.xx And thanks also to Nick, Michael, Alison, Nicola, Emily, Becky @joeledgerton and #RobertPattinson (peaking out from the back row here) for the huge difference you are making. #Fred Hollows #charity
She even posted a cheeky set of behind-the-scenes pics and videos from the event.
A little bit of behind the scenes action from Wednesday night’s star-studded @fredhollows Gala. With special thanks to @Seal #RobertPattinson #CamilleBell @Ricky_Martin @AdrianBrody @JaiCourtney #Flea from #RedHotChilliPeppers @sofisia7 @TimMinchin @TroyeSivan @LaraWorthington #SamWorthington @ZChao @ParisHilton @elewrockjazz #SofiaBoutella and a host of others…. And oh yeah, that other guy….what’s his name…oh, yeah…@JoelEdgerton!
Wilkinson hasn’t been posting much on Instagram since her controversial break from Australia’s Today show, but the journalist and TV personality did hint at an overseas project with a cryptic caption.
“Sometimes life takes you places you weren’t expecting…but you’re so glad it did. Like here. #LosAngeles. Watch this space…” she wrote on the picture of towering palm trees silhouetted against an LA sunset.
There’s no word on how much longer Wilkinson will be staying in LA, but she’s hitting the sights while she’s there, taking a visit to the Beverly Wilshire hotel.
“‘And then she rescues him right back…’ Come on, no trip to LA is complete without a little sneak peek inside the #PrettyWoman hotel!” she joked with a picture of the iconic hotel’s exterior.