Hillary Clinton Receives Diane von Furstenberg Award

Hillary Clinton Diane von Furstenberg Inspiration Award

Photo: Billy Farrell, BFA

Inspirational women gather at the 2011 Diller-von Furstenberg Awards

Wrap-dress creator Diane von Furstenberg honored her fellow female trailblazers at the second annual Diller-von Furstenberg Awards on March 11, presenting former First Lady Hillary Clinton with the first-ever Inspiration Award.

Clinton, who wore a blue tweed double-breasted jacket and black pants, was handed the award by daughter Chelsea, who sported a simple black dress for the United Nations event.

“My mother once said, ‘I wasn’t born a First Lady or a Senator. I wasn’t born a Democrat. I wasn’t born a wife or mother,’” said Chelsea, according to Women's Wear Daily. “But I think she may have been born an advocate for human rights, women’s rights, and children’s rights.”

The Daily Mail reports that Clinton glowed as she accepted her trophy, and told the crowd, “I’ve been given lots of awards, and I cannot think of one that means more to me or has greater personal delight for me than this one named on behalf of Diane, a dear friend and also an inspiration, and presented by my daughter.”

Von Furstenberg, who dazzled in a glittery black dress, bestowed awards upon five women who have demonstrated leadership, strength, and courage in their respective fields. “It is an honor and a privilege to acknowledge Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for her relentless and long standing work on behalf of women around the world,” she has said, according to Vogue U.K. “She is an inspiration for us all.”

Besides Clinton, this year’s winners included Elizabeth Smart, an advocate of child abduction and recovery programs and legislations, Taryn Davis of the American Widow Project, Sohini Chakraborty of Kolkata Sanved, and Kakenya Ntaiya of the Kakenya Center for Excellence. Each honoree was awarded $50,000 to donate toward her respective organization.

“All women inspire me,” said von Furstenberg, whose event drew such powerhouses as Iman, Tina Brown, Laura Linney, and Diane Sawyer. “Every woman here makes you feel like you’ve done nothing. They are so courageous and so wonderful.”