Issa Rae goes bold at CFDA fashion awards
CNN/Stylemagazine.com Newswire | 6/6/2018, 12:31 p.m.
By Lisa Respers France, CNN
(CNN) -- The Council of Fashion Designers of America awards ceremony -- known as "the Oscars of the fashion industry" -- attracted some star power Monday night.
"Insecure" star Issa Rae hosted the event at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.
In her opening monologue, Rae took a swipe at Kanye West's controversial remark that 400 years of slavery for African-Americans was a "choice."
"I'm about as fashionable as Kanye is black. Only when it's convenient," she said. "That joke was my choice, just like slavery."
The actress also made a statement with her blue Pyer Moss outfit, which she accessorized with a belt that had a Boris Gardiner song titled "Every N*a Is a Star" on it.
Rae was the first African-American to emcee the event.
West was not present, but his wife, Kim Kardashian West, became the first recipient of the CFDA Influencer Award.
"I'm kind of shocked that I am winning a fashion award when I am naked most of the time," the reality TV star said in her acceptance speech.
Other celebs in attendance included West's sister Kendall Jenner, Oprah Winfrey, "Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, singer Ciara, model-actress Gigi Hadid and actresses-turned-fashion moguls Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
The Fashion Icon Award went to model-actress Naomi Campbell, and Donatella Versace received the International Award.
A full list of winners can be found at CFDA's site.