Drew Barrymore Honored for Her AIDS Activism at ACRIA's 20th Anniversary Holiday Dinner
Drew Barrymore is saying goodbye to 2015 with a bang. On Thursday night, the 40-year-old actress and mother of two stepped into the Cunard Building in New York dressed in a shimmery ankle-length Jason Wu frock (and suede Christian Louboutin pumps), as only a Golden Globe-winning actress could pull off. “I’m so grateful to him—this is like a very chic dress,” she told InStyle.
So what occasion did the beauty whip out her red carpet swank for? Barrymore was honored for her work towards fighting HIV and AIDS at ACRIA’s InStyle- and Tiffany & Co.-hosted 20th anniversary annual holiday dinner, where she later took to a full 360-stage to humbly give her thanks. “The first time I ever wished for Spanx in my life, I was defiant not to become a human sausage. I eat sausage, I don’t want to be a sausage,” she hilariously told guests about the angle in which her stage was placed.
Jokes aside, Barrymore was nothing but happy to attend. "[InStyle Editorial Director] Ariel Foxman is a very near, dear friend of mine. I feel very proud that he has acknowledged the philanthropic things that I do because they’re very quiet,” she told reporters, also noting that her highlight of 2015 so far has been “writing a book,” Wildflower.
The former E.T. star wasn’t the only guest on hand being celebrated. Photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, who have previously collaborated with megawatt stars like Lady Gaga and Natalie Portman, also received a nod for their work. The endlessly-chic Julianne Moore (above) introduced the photography duo, candidly noting, “this is not as casual as I thought it would be, but I am very, very happy to be here tonight to celebrate my friends Inez and Vinoodh.”
“Their incredible, vibrantly alive, wonderful explorations of the human spirit in all its grandeur and nuttiness and power, a true representation of who we are, the best of who we are,” she said of their work. For the pair, the evening was an unforgettable one. “It’s such an honor, especially because ACRIA is a foundation that’s so rooted in the creative community of New York and it feels like a real embracement of us in this community,” Inez told InStyle. “It’s so wonderful to see all our friends here and to be honored by our peers.”