Diane von Furstenberg held her second annual DVF Awards ceremony Friday in New York to honor women making a difference in other women's lives. The event, co-hosted by Tina Brown, took place on the closing day of the Daily Beast Women in the World Summit at the United Nations.
Von Furstenberg opened the ceremony with a tribute to her mother, Liliane Nahmias, a Holocaust survivor. "Women are completely different from men because we give life. We are mothers. Of course, sometimes you have to wait until your mother is not around anymore to appreciate what she has given you." She continued, "The women being honored tonight remind me of my mother. They use strength and courage to turn defeat into victory and to help others."
With that, the designer set the tone for the evening and introduced Chelsea Clinton, who presented the Inspiration Award to her own mother, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former first daughter began, "My mother has said, 'I wasn't born a first lady or a Senator. I wasn't born a Democrat. I wasn't born a wife or mother.' But I think she may have been born an advocate for human rights, women's rights and children's rights." Secretary Clinton beamed at her daughter's remarks, graciously accepting her sculptural statuette, designed, incidentally, by artist Anh Duong.
A gaggle of glamorous and strong women, including news anchor Diane Sawyer, actress Laura Linney, model and humanitarian Iman and Ambassador Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli, presented awards to the evening's four other honorees. They included Kakenya Ntaiya, who founded the girls school Kakenya Center for Excellence; Sohini Chakraborty, founder of the dance therapy program Kolkata Sanved, which helps victims of sex trafficking; Taryn Davis of the American Widow Project, which supports military widows; and Elizabeth Smart who helps and advocates for child abductees.
The DVF Awards are sponsored by the Diller-von Furstenburg Foundation, which von Furstenberg founded with her husband, media executive Barry Diller.
As the ceremony wound down, singer-model-mother Karen Elson of the Citizen's Band performed a version of the folk song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Exiting, the chanteuse called out, "What an amazing, inspiring evening," as she waved goodbye to the evening's hosts.
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