On Friday, Variety held it’s Power of Women luncheon. Held at Cipriani Midtown, the event honored philanthropic efforts of the celebrity honorees, who included two Oscar-winning actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Julianne Moore, Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, trailblazing ballerina Misty Copeland, fashion designer Vera Wang, and a TV star Mariska Hargitay.
The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira was also in attendance, supporting Lupita.
Copeland, who is the first black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre told attendees,
I was discovered at a local Boys & Girls Club, on a basketball court. I went from living in a motel to dancing at the Metropolitan Opera House.
During Nyong’o’s speech, she spoke of her work with Mother Health International, an organization providing relief to pregnant women and to children in areas of disaster, war and extreme poverty, working with midwives, for example, in rural areas.
We live in a world where the war on women can be felt around the globe. But we are fighting back, refusing to be silenced, refusing to be shut down.
After the event, Lupita posted the following Instagram photo.