Teen It girl and activist Maya Henry attended the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Fashion Awards on Monday, June 6th, 2016, along with the likes of Beyoncé, Michael Kors, Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell. The annual event, which took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in central New York was hosted by comedian Joel McHale and in collaboration with Swarovski. CFDA is a non-profit trade association whose membership consists of more than 400 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers.
Fashionista Maya Henry looked radiant in a full length semi-sheer Etro gown with long sleeves and a floral pattern, matched with jewels by David Webb. Maya sported a trendy triple braid hairstyle by expert hair stylist Laura Polko and makeup by celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta. This fashionista became an overnight sensation because of her $6M Quinceañera earlier this year – that featured performances by Pitbull and Nick Jonas.
Guests at the event included some of the biggest names in fashion, including: Anna Wintour, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Laverne Cox, Ryan Seacrest, Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter, Ciara, Harvey Weinstein, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Brandon Maxwell, Olivia Wilde, Monique Lhuillier, Rachel Zoe, Jason Wu, Doutzen Kroes, Alexa Chung, Taylor Hill, Jessica Chastain, Victor Cruz, Claire Danes, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Dwayne Wade, Vera Wang, Tommy Hilfiger, Coco Rocha, Jonathan Cheban and Jennifer Hudson.
The CFDA Fashion Awards is the most important annual event in the calendar of American fashion, and one of the few times a year that so many different fashion influencers come together in one place at the same time. The evening’s Award Winners included: Brandon Maxwell (Swarovski Award for Womenswear), Alex, Matthew and Samantha Orley of Orley (Swarovski Award for Menswear), Paul Andrew (Swarovski Award for Accessory Design), Imran Amed (Media Award in honor of Eugenia Sheppard for The Business of Fashion), Alessandro Michele of Gucci (International Award), Thom Browne (Menswear Designer of the Year), Marc Jacobs (Womenswear Designer of the Year) and Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel of Mansur Gavriel (Accessory Designer of the Year). Additionally, Michael Kors presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Norma Kamali, and Calvin Klein presented the Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert to Donna Karan.
The evening’s greatest surprise was Beyoncé. Guests had no inclination that the superstar was at the event when CFDA Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg presented Beyoncé with the Fashion Icon award. Beyoncé, who was visibly moved by the awards, said that her mother Tina Knowles has long been her inspiration. “When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels didn’t want to dress four black country girls,” she told the audience. “We couldn’t afford designer dresses. My mom was rejected from every showroom in New York. But like my grandmother, she used her talent and creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my Uncle Jonny designed all of our first costumes and made each piece by hand. And when I wore these clothes onstage, I felt like I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name…my mother and my uncle and my grandmother were with me…I couldn’t fail.”
As a great finale to a great event, Jennifer Hudson took to the stage with a medley of Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” “The Beautiful Ones,” and “Let’s Go Crazy”, which had the fashion crowd on its feet and ready to continue the night at the event’s after party.
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About Maya Henry
Maya Henry is the daughter of Azteca Henry and top national injury lawyer Thomas J. Henry. In San Antonio, Maya Henry’s name is synonymous with philanthropy and community engagement. Following in her father’s footsteps, she has worked with numerous charities including the San Antonio YES Foundation where she helped distribute school supplies to children in need throughout the San Antonio area. Maya also launched Maya’s Corner in 2010, which is an endeavor to promote and assist causes benefitting children. Maya is determined to pursue a career in international human rights in the future.
This young lady has also demonstrated wisdom and drive well beyond her years in her athletic success as well as her interest in politics. Although only a freshman in high school, she has already positioned herself as a regular on the Texas Tennis Championship circuit. Maya Henry is also an avid supporter of the Hillary Clinton 2016 Presidential campaign. Maya has put her expansive social media presence to use with the hashtag #teensforhillary, from which she hopes to mobilize her 40,000 Instagram followers in support of the Hillary Clinton campaign and to bring awareness to issues involving female empowerment and opportunities for Latina America women. Maya has had the opportunity to meet Hillary Clinton on several occasions. She hopes her own political activism will show her peers that even if you aren’t old enough to vote, you can still make a difference. She strongly encourages teens to use their social media reach to spread Hillary’s message of opportunity and hope.
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