Monday, April 22, 2024

Exclusive: Zendaya Lights Up the Green Carpet Fashion Awards with Annie Lennox, Trudie Styler, John Legend, More


We hit the ground running last night, arriving in Hollywood to more torrential rains. The great song, “It Never Rains in California,” has been totally debunked at this point!


So off we went to the annual Green Carpet Fashion Awards, devised by Livia Firth to bring together fashion and climate change. Among the guests at the snazzy 1 Hotel on Sunset: Zendaya, Annie Lennox, Trudie Styler, John Legend and Chrissie Teigen, Amber Valetta, Helen Hunt, Bethann Hardison, serious folks from the UN (I had no idea they were so strong out here), and many international climate change activists.

It wasn’t all serious stuff, either. All the awards shows could take lessons from the stylists who dressed the many women who rolled down their sleeves from their hard work in countries like India and Uganda. I’ve rarely been so impressed.

The woman pictured with Livia and Zendaya is Vanessa Nakate, a 27 year climate activist from Uganda who’s changing the world. Google her and see how she and dozens of other young people– were given awards last night– are actual global citizens, not just people who talk about it and have concerts.

By the way, I had a long, in depth conversation with Annie Lennox, whom I’ve always admired. It was off the record until she’s ready to go public, but our discussion of her political speeches of late was fascinating and quite literate. Her thoughts on many subjects are very textured. Nothing is black and white right now.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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