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Swank talks Montblanc collaboration

Hilary Swank has praised the work that Montblanc and UNICEF are doing for under-privileged schools.

The Hollywood actress looked stunning in a Giambattista Valli dress and Montblanc jewellery when she attended a pre-Oscar charity brunch to celebrate the Montblanc and UNICEF Signature For Good 2013 initiative.

Hilary - who was at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles - was honoured at the event, and gushed about her trip with Montblanc International chief executive officer Lutz Bethge to Ethiopia last year.

"Every child deserves a fighting chance in life. Education is everything - if you have an education you have a better opportunity to overcome obstacles and have a fighting chance. There is no doubt that teaching is the most important job in the world," she told WWD.

Hilary was joined at the honorary event by a host of stars including Emmy Rossum, Alyssa Milano and Rosario Dawson.

The Signature For Good range features special-edition writing instruments, jewellery and leather accessories emblazoned with a brick design.

The motif is "to symbolise the joint effort to build a better future by improving access to education, including the brick-by-brick construction of schools."

Hilary gushed about the $4 million Montblanc has raised in the last year at the brunch, adding to the audience: "The enthusiasm and the warmth of the children stayed with me. After my visit I am now convinced more than ever that education is everything."

Next month, a selection of the proceeds from each piece sold will be donated to raise money for UNICEF's education programs in a number of countries, including Asia, Latin America and Africa.

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