L'Oréal Paris celebrated ten new Women of Worth honorees last night in a star-studded event in New York City. It wasn't just star-studded because they were joined by several of their celebrity spokeswomen like Karlie Kloss, Julianne Moore and Eva Longoria, but we're talking about some incredible women being recognized.
We had a chance to speak with Karlie Kloss, who looked dazzling in a white Rosie Assoulin Resort 2016 gown, about the women in her life. The one she looks up to the most in her life? "Honestly my Gram who passed away a few years ago," Karlie said. "I'm reminded of her every day and she sort of instilled values in my sisters and I, and instilled a way of thinking about others. She was incredibly caring and thoughtful and I think she really taught all of us that. She inspires me even still."
As a student, model, L'Oréal Spokesperson and so much more, Karlie has a million and one things going on in her life at any time. When we asked if she'd keep modeling forever or sees a career change in the future, she said "I would love to model for as long as L'Oreal will have me and I think that in this day and age, women can do it all."
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Click through below to see all the looks from the Women of Worth red carpet:
When a huge company like L'Oréal Paris uses its massive reach and influence to make the world a better and stronger place, we're all better for it. See below for the full list of last night's honorees, all of which received $10,000 towards their organization.
- Alison O'Neil – Created the Beauty Becomes You Foundation, which provides a variety of cosmetic hygiene services for senior citizens who aren't able to secure these services themselves.
- Catherine Curry-Williams – Founded Shane's Inspiration, a nonprofit inspired by her son who was born with spinal muscular atrophy and died at just two weeks old. Shane's Inspiration helps build fully accessible playgrounds worldwide.
- Elissa Davey – Established Garden of Innocence which provides unidentified children with respectful, heartfelt ceremonies and burials.
- Jaha Dukureh – Having experienced the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), Dukureh founded Safe Hands for Girls, the only grassroots organization in the US working against FGM, providing at-risk girls a safe place to turn and educating communities about the dangers and consequences.
- Kathy Koenigsdorf – Created the Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation, which raises money for substance abusers who want help but can't afford it, after her son died from a heroin overdose at 21 years old.
- Maria Rose Belding – Started the MEANS (Matching Excess and Need for Stability) Database, which allows food pantries and kitchens to quickly coordinate exchanges of excess food items before they spoil.
- Melaney Smith – Founded Books for Keeps, an organization that works to improve children's reading achievement by addressing barriers related to the accessibility and appeal of reading material.
- Schinnell Leake – Launched Extra-Ordinary Birthdays to foster the feeling of confidence and self-worth that comes from putting a child in the spotlight for families living in shelters who would otherwise not have the means to celebrate.
- Suellen Fried – Created Reaching Out from Within, which sponsors self-help programs for inmates that enable them to become role models for non-violence while in correctional facilitates and productive family members and citizens upon return to their communities.
- Teri Kelsall – Created The Jonas Project – named after her son, a Navy SEAL who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan – which helps entrepreneurial veterans develop formal business plans, obtain advice from mentors and seek angel investors for start-up capital.
Plus, vote here to choose one of the honorees to receive an extra $25,000 for her cause!
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