Nicole Richie Stuns in Red to Host the 2016 Environmental Media Awards
For all the glitz and glamour that celebrities swim in on a daily basis, many stars offer an equally healthy helping of "giving back." And among them are some of our favorite environmentally conscious actors and personalities, who stepped out at this weekend's 2016 Environmental Media Awards, hosted by Nicole Richie.
The star dropped more than a few jaws in a stunning red Elie Saab gown for the momentous occasion and swept her hair up to let the bold number play centerstage. She accessorized with classic Christian Louboutin pumps and Neil Lane jewelry.
Though the zeitgeist is brimming with all things eco-conscious, not all stars make it a mission to help the environment whenever possible—be it with protesting, showcasing their activism on social media, or large donations. During the evening, Richie welcomed honorees such as Shailene Woodley and Jaden Smith, whom the Environmental Media Association recognized with Futures Awards for their dedication to environmental causes.
Woodley, who generated much buzz after her arrest while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, accepted her award while clad in a gorgeous Lanvin gown. She let her natural beauty get ample time to shine by keeping her makeup minimal and sweeping her hair back in a ponytail that kept the focus on her dress's crisscross neckline.
"We have to stop resisting love, and we have to start living with love in every moment," she said in her speech. "We're not going to save the Earth until we realize we are Earth. It starts with us humans. We've got to treat each other with kindness and with respect."
The actress also shared with InStyle how it felt to receive such an honor. "Oftentimes, when you are standing in the face of adversity, and everyone tells you that it's impossible, just to know that you have a line of warriors, of peaceful brothers and sisters—whether it's in this Hollywood world, and we're wearing Lanvin and high heels ... or it's on Standing Rock Reservation or on Mount Lokahi in Hawaii where indigenous folks are again being silenced and ignored—it doesn't matter where we all are, but to know that there is a collective behind the same mission is incredibly powerful," she told us. "So, I feel really grateful to get to know this side of that community."
For the evening, Smith uplifted gray pants and black sneakers with a nature-print coat layered over a graphic T-shirt.
In his speech, the fashion industry darling and Just Water co-founder stressed the importance of clean and sustainable water options and also gave a nod to his fellow Futures Award winner.
"This is truly an honor for me to be here accepting this award," he said. "Shailene, who is my favorite actress in the world—and I'm just so blown away [by] everything she is doing for the entire world. And she inspires me."
—With reporting by Brianna King