Annie Lennox to Be Honored at First Ladies Luncheon

Annie Lennox Headshot - P 2016
Courtesy of Fashion 4 Development

The songstress will receive the Fashion 4 Development Award at the sixth annual event.

Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox will be honored with the Fashion 4 Development Award at the organization's sixth Annual First Ladies Luncheon.

The event will be held Sept. 21 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. Naturally, attendees will include First Ladies from around the world, as well as fashion industry mavens, influencers and diplomats, who will gather to support fashion and diplomacy, and celebrate the progress of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At the 2015 luncheon, guests — including Brits Victoria Beckham and Livia Firth, Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani and stylish Americans Diane Kruger and Naomi Campbell — were treated to a runway show by Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei.

This year's event, hosted by Sozzani, Firth and F4D president Evie Evangelou, will feature a runway presentation by Ralph & Russo.

Lennox will be recognized for her work as founder of The Circle, a nonprofit that aims to help women empower other women by raising awareness and reporting on issues women face across the world, and also by building strong, globally connected communities. The 61-year-old is also an ambassador for UNAIDS, Oxfam, Nelson Mandela's 46664 Campaign and the British Red Cross, so she keeps pretty busy, to say the least. 

In addition to Lennox, six philanthropists, including models Petra Nemcova, founder of the Happy Hearts Fund, and Natalia Vodianova, founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, as well as Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski Group, will be honored for their charitable works. Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever), Mengqing Fan (CEO of Shixi Technology Co.) and Suzy Amis Cameron (executive director of Food Choice Task Force) round out the event's honorees.

F4D was founded by Evangelou in 2011 as a private sector organization with the aim of supporting the UN's Millennium Development Goals. Last year, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 goals focused on fighting poverty, climate change and gender inequality, which F4D continues to support.