The third annual InStyle Awards, held on Monday, was dominated by the theme of empowerment, with Hollywood celebrities from Cate Blanchett to Cindy Crawford sharing their opinions on being oneself and standing up against discrimination.
The star-studded gala also saw emotional speeches from makeup artist Hung Vanngo, who recounted his struggles in war-torn Vietnam, and hairstylist Harry Josh, who spoke about the importance of cruelty-free products.
Singer/Actress Selena Gomez with Makeup Artist of the Year Hung Vanngo
Blanchett, who is married to Andrew Upton, was honored with the Style Icon award during the event where she took to the stage to talk about her style icons who, it turns out, are women "who have been utterly themselves without apology."
“It's about women who feel free to wear what they want, when they want and how they want to wear. And we know we all like looking sexy, but it doesn't mean we want to (expletive) you," Blanchett said. "I wouldn't say to Steve Bannon, 'You look like a bag of trash. Do you want me to throw you out?' But the comments that get said about what women wear on the red carpet ...."
Cate Blanchett at the third annual InStyle Awards
Singer, actress Demi Lovato, who is also recognized for her advocacy work, said, "the more you talk about issues and the things that you've gone through, the more you can help others. That's what's really important: Sharing life experiences with other people on this planet."
Demi Lovato via Instagram! pic.twitter.com/Lgh69Jhgcz
— Portal Lovato (@portallovato) October 24, 2017
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