ESSENCE magazine hosted the Fierce & Fabulous Awards luncheon honoring extraordinary women as featured in its commemorative 40th Anniversary September issue earlier this week.

The Fierce & Fabulous Awards luncheon was an invitation-only, red-carpet event honoring exceptional women who are making a difference in the world. Host Tracee Ellis Ross was the afternoon’s host which included a key note address from Diahann Carroll and special remarks from Governor David Paterson. ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks and Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray were on hand to pay tribute to each of the honorees in the room as they were presented with medals by Girls Inc. and the Young Women’s Leadership School.

Some of the stars to attend the event included Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington (Honoree), Sherri Shepherd, Malaak Compton-Rock and many more.

The event took place at the Mandarin Oriental in New York on Monday.

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