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    Earlier this week, Fashion 4 Development hosted its 9th annual First Ladies Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. Over 100 international first ladies, fashion industry insiders, political influencers and diplomats gathered in support of the UN’s sustainable development efforts. The distinguished group shed light on the strides they have made to affect social change worldwide.

    “It has been nearly a decade, with much to celebrate, and I am overwhelmed with the benevolence of the stakeholders and change agents,” said F4D Founder, Evie Evangelou.

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: FOUNDER OF FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT, EVIE EVANGELOU ATTENDS FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT’S 9TH ANNUAL OFFICIAL FIRST LADIES LUNCHEON AT THE PIERRE HOTEL ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 IN NEW YORK CITY. (PHOTO BY BEN GABBE/GETTY IMAGES FOR FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT )

    Guests enjoyed food, drinks and entertainment while Evangelou and actor Aldis Hodge served as co-hosts, presenting awards to several honorees. IMAGINE co-founder Valerie Keller took home the Medal of Honor, while Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah–creators of susatinable lifestyle brand Studio 189– received the Franca Sozzani Award. “We are so incredibly honored to be here today accepting this award in the name of Franca Sozzani,” said Erwiah. “When we started, people wouldn’t take our phone calls; Franca believed in the work that we were doing.”

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: ABRIMA ERWIAH SPEAKS ONSTAGE DURING FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT’S 9TH ANNUAL OFFICIAL FIRST LADIES LUNCHEON AT THE PIERRE HOTEL ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 IN NEW YORK CITY. (PHOTO BY MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY IMAGES FOR FASHION 4 DEVELOPMENT)

    Founded in 2011, F4D is a private sector global platform that harnesses the power of the fashion and beauty industries in leading sustainable economic growth worldwide.

    For more information on Fashion 4 Development, click here.


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