Jeannie Mai, Lala Kent, Tyra Banks and more looked fierce on the pink carpet for the 2nd Annual American Influencer Awards on November 18! The Real star co-hosted the star-studded evening at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Jeannie, 40, hit the carpet in a multicolored sequin blazer and matching flared pants. The Real star went braless underneath her cleavage-baring jacket. “The theme of this year is courage,” she told the audience at the awards ceremony. “We are in a business where literally you do is put yourself out there online and the more authentic you become the more judged you get but the more real you become to us the more fans you grow.”
Vanderpump Rules star Lala, 29, attended the AIAs with her fiancé Randall Emmett. He kept it casual in an all-black outfit and sneakers and she wore a fitted ombre black and silver dress with a high slit. “Thank you @aiaawards for allowing me to present last night,” Lala shared on Instagram. “It was an amazing night full of extremely talented people who have worked their a**es off! It was an honor presenting you with the award for ‘TRENDSETTER OF THE YEAR.’ Influencin’ ain’t easy, y’all.”
Tyra, 45, posed with her signature “smize” on the carpet. The America’s Next Top Model judge wore a black and white checkered blazer and matching pants, leather gloves, and clear heels. She kept her jacket open and showed off a lacey black bra. Tyra presented the Smize and Fashionista awards at the ceremony.
Former Teen Mom OG star Farrah Abraham brought her daughter Sophia along for the night. “As a single parent, I know how hard it is when our kids start wanting to explore makeup, shave their legs, wax their brow, want to start wearing bras, use deodorant, curiosity and puberty start,” Farrah wrote on Instagram after the IAIs. “I’m grateful and thankful we stand together so she knows I don’t judge her like the world may. I embrace her fun clothing, beauty, hair, health and many more trends so she can explore and find her true self without any more hardships along her way of maturing into her best self.”
Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic also had an empowering message after the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star presented him with the Artist Achievement Award. Mario, 37, opened up about his strict cultural upbringing and feeling isolated for his sexuality. “I’m asking you all to open your eyes, to open your hearts and your souls, because so many of our little boys and girls around the world are growing up in pain and fear like I did. Thinking of killing themselves every single day like I did because they are different and they’re scared to be themselves their culture or their family judged them or shamed them,” he said.
He continued, “We are not different. We all bleed the same and we are all equally deserving of the right to feel happiness and to feel loved. Right now, I stand here for the first time in my life a proud, 37-year-old, gay man. I finally feel that bright light that I’ve been dreaming about my whole life.”
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