Last night, eight remarkable women were honored at the 26th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration for their creative and cultural contributions they’ve made to the worlds of music, film, television, and beyond.
Scarlett Johansson, Mindy Kaling, Nicole Kidman, Melina Matsoukas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Lena Waithe, and Zendaya were feted by the world’s largest fashion magazine brand (Hearst), in partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus, at the annual Elle Women In Hollywood event, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Reese Witherspoon beamed with pride as she spoke about her friend and co-star Mindy Kaling, noting that oftentimes we tell young kids “if you can see it, you can be it,” but young Mindy didn’t see herself reflected on TV, in films, or in writers rooms, and so she took it upon herself to ask, “Why not me?” In that question, she found the title of her first book, and went on to “be it” all on her own. “In doing that,” Reese remarked, “you are allowing others to see it so they know they can be it!”
“Bombshell” stars Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie took the stage to honor “the heart of their threesome,” Nicole Kidman, who spoke about how impressed she is with the young people in the industry, and how they are paving the way for those who will come after them. She talked about how profound it was when her young daughter, with all the confidence in the world, remarked that she wants to be a director when she grows up. Nicole said that at that age, she may have dreamed of being an actress, but never a director because it never even seemed like a possibility!
America Ferrera had the room in stitches recalling her failed attempts to woo a nice Jewish boy growing up,and finding herself competing with the beautiful and talented Natalie Portman, the object of all teenage desire in the 90s. Little did she know that many years later, while attending a Time’s Up meeting, the two would meet and become fast friends. Ferrera said that Natalie “is the kind of woman who actively creates space for more women to be seen, to be heard, and to be lifted up wherever she goes.”