If you went looking for a group of passionate changemakers on Friday night, they were probably at the United Nations. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg turned the fourth floor of the U.N. into a powerfully casual celebration for the 9th annual DVF Awards, complete with small chocolate dessert towers and white lounge couches in lieu of traditional seats.
The room was packed with extraordinary women—from Parkland shooting survivor Delaney Tarr, who stood in the back before Diane beckoned her forward for a shout out, to Gloria Steinem, who sat on a white couch in a bedazzled jewel jacket, listening intently to each speech—and everyone was there to honor five specific women:
Ariela Suster, founder of SEQUENCE; Jaha Dukureh, CEO and founder of Safe Hands for Girls; Luma Mufleh, CEO and founder of Fugees Family Inc.; Misty Copeland, the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre; and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who took home the Lifetime Leadership Award.
Each honoree received $50,000 to support the organization of their choice. This event came at a good time—sandwiched within an unprecedented political climate and the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp—and the emotional speeches reflected this period. Even so, there was plenty of behind-the-scenes action that turned the ocassion from a simple event to a moment.
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Scroll below for the red carpet and some of the standout points of the evening.