"We are here. We are radical. Get used to it."
Those words belonged to Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia on Monday night, but she delivered them to the audience of several hundred women who were seated in front of her inside the Four Seasons' big ballroom in Beverly Hills, site of the magazine's 26th annual Women in Hollywood Awards.
The event is always a chic and packed gathering of A-listers, during which a parade of industry standouts storm the stage to accept honors for leaving their mark via their art. Scarlett Johansson, Mindy Kaling, Nicole Kidman, Melina Matsoukas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Lena Waithe and Zendaya were feted during the nearly three-hour program, which was presented in partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus along with Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. The only missing pieces were Dolly Parton and Queen & Slim star Jodie Turner-Smith, who couldn't make it.
"Nobody gives a fuck about women like women give a fuck about women," said host Issa Rae in her opening remarks, which might as well have served as a manifesto — both the swearing and the passion — for what was to follow in front of guests including Lake Bell, Maria Bello, Kay Cannon, Elizabeth Chambers, Zoey Deutch, Tess Holliday, Jameela Jamil, Joey King, Diane Lane, Melanie Liburd, Thomasin McKenzie, Janet Mock, Catherine O'Hara, Madelaine Petsch, Bel Powley, Nikki Reed, Storm Reid, Julia Schlaepfer, Sydney Sweeney, among others.
Below are some highlights from a well-heeled evening.