Monday night’s Elle Magazine tribute to the Woman of Hollywood event honored an amazing group of our most beloved starlets—but, of course, our eyes were glued to the amazing fashion on display. The event (sponsored by Calvin Klein, L’Oreal Paris, and David Yurman and hosted by Joel McHale) honored the careers of actresses Viola Davis, Barbra Streisand, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Aniston, Evan Rachel Wood, Freida Pinto, Michelle Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Olsen, and DreamWorks chief executive officer Stacey Snider.
According to coverage by WWD, the event was awe-inspiring for young actresses: “She’s one of the reasons I wanted to become an actor,” said Olsen of Pfeiffer; lighthearted in spirit. Reese Witherspoon introduced Jennifer Aniston; “You just want to get your nails done with her, and you want to make out with her at the same time, at least I do,” she said. “And that’s what we do sometimes on Saturdays;” and inspirational: “As I was walking the red carpet, someone asked me, ‘What sets you apart from everybody in the room?’ I said, ‘Well, I’m black.’ Just being real,” said Viola Davis, before adding, “You don’t always love what you do, but what keeps me in the business is hope, and that’s the hope that women of color are also part of the narrative.”
The love and support shared at the 18th annual event was true validation that these bona fide powerhouses are worthy of their status as role models to young women everywhere. You can read more about the event here, but we can’t resist showing off these startlets’ looks any longer.