Variety Power of Women
The event honored Helen Mirren, Miley Cyrus, Laverne Cox, Scarlett Johansson, director Ava DuVernay, Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman and Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge
This year Variety’s Power of Women featured a considerable amount of political talk, which was hard to avoid given the firestorm surrounding the very contentious presidential election.
So before my entire article about the luncheon in the Los Angeles Times seems forever dated, I thought I’d add a few other things on this page that were said during the event, having nothing to do with Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Click here to read my original story for the Los Angeles Times, which spotlighted 5 intriguing comments from the event, mostly about politics, and delivered with a sense of humor.
To read 5 more intriguing comments on other subjects and to see more photographs, just scroll down the page.
The Oct. 14 event honored Helen Mirren, Miley Cyrus, Laverne Cox , Scarlett Johansson and director Ava DuVernay for their philanthropic work, as well as Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman and Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge.
Among others there to present were Robert Downey, Jr., Victoria Justice, Jamie Brewer, Rosanna Arquette and Liam Hemsworth.
In addition to presenting sponsor Lifetime, the event’s other sponsors included Audi, which showcased the new 2017 A4 allroad onsite; Frederique Constant, LORAC Los Angeles, the SAY Foundation, Moroccanoil, Spanx, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and MGO.
1 – “I’m here because I love celebrating women,” said Naomie Harris of “Skyfall.” “I love celebrating powerful women, their talent and what they’ve achieved.”
Having just filmed “Collateral Beauty,” with Mirren, Harris said she came especially to hear what the “Eye in the Sky” actress had to say. “She’s inspirational; she’s just so beautiful inside and out; she has this incredible wit; and she’s super intelligent as well as being uber-talented.”
2 – Said Emmanuelle Chriqui, “I love that Hollywood is celebrating women in a serious way at long last. Women have come a really long way and it’s such a good thing to be able to step into your power.”
3 – “The world would be a better place if the male and female energy on the planet were more balanced,” said Sara Blakely, the admirable founder of Spanx, who gives half her wealth to women’s causes.
4 -“We here in Hollywood bear a great responsibility to continue what’s been happening for the past few years,” said Mirren, speaking of the progress in women’s equality. “You know it’s taken a damn long time to get here, that’s for sure.”
5 – An outspoken advocate of Planned Parenthood, Johansson said, “A woman’s right to choose what to do with her body shouldn’t just be a woman’s rights issue. It’s the year 2016 and this is a human rights issue… It has nothing to do with politics in the slightest. It is about honoring and respecting women and about upholding the law.”
Top photo: From left, honorees Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren, Sara Blakely, Miley Cyrus, Ava DuVernay, Laverne Cox, and Georgina Chapman at Variety’s Power of Women, presented by Lifetime (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/ Variety/ REX/ Shutterstock)
Second photo: Scarlett Johansson with presenter Robert Downey, Jr., at Variety’s Power of Women, presented by Lifetime (Photo by Buckner/ Variety/ REX/ Shutterstock)
Third photo: Rachel Bloom served as host at Variety’s Power of Women, presented by Lifetime (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/ Variety/ REX/ Shutterstock)
Fourth photo: Honoree Lucian Grainge with Rosanna Arquette at Variety’s Power of Women, presented by Lifetime (Photo by Buckner/ Variety/ REX/ Shutterstock)
Fifth photo: Presenter Victoria Justice, seated with Reeve Carney, both starring in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Variety’s Power of Women, presented by Lifetime (Photo by Buckner/ Variety/ REX/ Shutterstock)
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Variety Power of Women 2016
Published Oct. 25, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA