Kerry, Janelle, & Lupita Shut Down The CFDA Awards

by Krystal Franklin

June 6, 2017

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It’s been long since considered the Oscars of fashion and this year the stars did not disappoint. Kerry Washington, Janelle Monáe, Lupita Nyong’o, Bella HadidGabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade and more of fashion’s elite celebrated the work of their peers at The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. annual awards gala.

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While the evening is mostly about what the stars are wearing, it was no surprise that many of the night’s honorees took a political stance while accepting their awards.

Janelle Monáe easily delivered one of the evening’s most powerful speeches. Being honored for her contributions to February’s Women’s March alongside Gloria Steinem and Cecile Richards, she used her platform to solicit a call to action.

“As human beings, it is going to be our responsibility to take care of one another,” she stated. “Women’s rights are human rights. LGBTQ rights are human rights… So as human beings let’s never forget that none of us are free until all of us are free.”

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