Thursday night’s 8th annual DVF Awards hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City brought in plenty of famous faces and fashion’s elite, but also recognized a group of women who work behind the scenes to make our world a better place to live.
The five honorees of the night included Karlie Kloss, who won the Inspiration Award for providing women and girls with the opportunity to learn to code through Kode with Klossy, as well her work with FEED and the CFDA through Klossies cookies, and Jane Goodall, who received the Lifetime Leadership Award for revolutionizing the world in primatology and inspiring generations of scientists.
Louise Dube was awarded the People’s Voice Award through a popular vote, for her leadership of iCivics, a program founded by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to restore civic education in US schools.
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Baljeet Sandhu and Yoani Sanchez each received the International Award, Sandhu for her leadership of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU), a legal, policy, and education hub, and Sanchez for her creation of project 14ymedio, the first and only independent digital news outlet in Cuba that offers a view through the eyes of its people.
Andra Day kicked off the evening with an incredible performance of “Rise Up,” next moving on to speeches from presenters, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Kate Bosworth, and our very own Editor-In-Chief, Laura Brown. Diane von Furstenberg herself presented the Lifetime Leadership Award to Goodall, who had brought along her famous plush animal, Mr. H, a monkey she carries around the world with her. The stuffed animal was given to her by her friend Gary Haun and has visited more than 60 countries.
“We share a philosophy,” said Goodall in her acceptance speech. “We need to learn to live in peace and harmony with people from other countries, other religions, and other cultures.”
You, too, can do your part in giving back by visiting DVFAwards.com/donate. Scroll down below to see all the best looks from the night.