“We’re here to celebrate women and their p—ies!”
That’s how Rachel Bloom, host of Variety‘s 10th Power of Women L.A. luncheon, presented by Lifetime, kicked off the star-studded event, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel today, Friday, October 14.
Bloom’s opening remarks — a clear nod to the recent Donald Trump tapes — were some of the many strong comments from the honorees referencing the upcoming election.
Five female celebrities were honored at the luncheon for their commitment to charity: Laverne Cox, Miley Cyrus, Ava DuVernay, Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren. Also recognized for their contributions to women were Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Universal Music Group’s Lucian Grainge.
Honoree Helen Mirren gave a speech and was welcomed to the stage by director Gavin Hood, who made waves in the ballroom with his greeting. “Good afternoon, ladies, and gentlemen — gentle men. Not violent men, vulgar men, or brutal men. … Not cowardly crass or crude men, men who understand that what we say and how we say it matter. That words matter,” he said, jabbing Trump’s “locker room talk.”
Mirren — who was honored alongside Miley Cyrus, Scarlett Johansson, Ava DuVernay, and Laverne Cox — spoke about the importance of women voting next month.
“I feel there is an earthquake and there is a real, real possibility for change [that] will have an incredible impact all over the world,” Mirren said. “It’s time for the best role model in the White House.”
Also making a speech was Miley Cyrus. Coming up to the stage with a warm hug for “American Horror Story’s” Jamie Brewer, who presented Cyrus with her honor, “The Voice” coach admitted that she was overwhelmed at the Power of Women podium, momentarily being placed in a position of power because of the “villainous vibes that surround power,” she explained — and, “Yes, that’s for Donald Trump,” she clarified.
“I just want to say to anyone who has ever felt like they’re different or they don’t fit in, I want you to take that victory and feel like you’re not alone,” Cyrus said, wrapping up her speech. “I’m wishing for peace and love on our planet because hate and war has gone on way too long.”
Also in attendence at the luncheon, Cyrus boyfriend, Ian Somerhalder, there to support the young superstar.
Click through the slideshow for photos of the arrivals at the Variety‘s 2016 Power of Women L.A. luncheon.