Oprah Winfrey, the queen of talk shows was chosen this year in the list of Variety’s Power of Women, along with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Anna Kendrick, Salma Hayek Pinault, and YouTube CEO Susan Woicicki. The presentation took place this Friday in Beverly Hills.
This is a biannual event of Variety held in New York and Los Angeles, where women in the entertainment industry are honored for using their public platform to promote awareness and contribute towards several charitable causes.
Oprah Winfrey was recognized for her extraordinary contribution towards the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, where she was the only honoree who got a standing ovation from all the attendees.
But when introduced by director Ava DuVernay, the media mogul in her signature style, turned everyone’s attention towards the other illustrious women in the room.
Winfrey praised Salma, Gwyneth, Rebecca, Anna, and Susan saying that that the real power lied in understanding what these celebrities have done as true philanthropy comes from giving back what have been bestowed upon anyone
Winfrey was in tears when she spoke about her girls’ school in Africa when she referred to the girls as “her daughters”. One of the girls was sitting in the audience while she was speaking.
Salma Hayek Pinault, who was also honored at the same event for her contribution towards the Chime for Change Charity, spoke on similar topics and said that what gives her hope is that women are coming together despite the world becoming apart. She got a big round of applause from the crowd who was completely awe-struck.
Salma Hayek Pinault also added that she is extremely confident that she belongs to a generation of change and pointed out that women actors in Hollywood did not want to be considered for only romantic comedies that speak about finding the ideal Prince Charming for them.
Salma said that while the female actors changed, others did not take time to change with the women in the industry.
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