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Damaris Lewis

"You don't have to see the Kardashians do it; you don't have to see anyone do it. If you want to do it, go for it."

Damaris Lewis was honored with the Garden of Dreams Foundation’s Hero Award at the Garden of Laughs comedy benefit over the weekend.

"I do think about the impact that I'm leaving for the next generation," she told Pret-a-Reporter at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. "I find that now, we're living in a 'me, me, me' world. We're doing everything for ourselves instead of what people used to do back in the day — doing things for the people who came next. So since I started, I made sure I knew that if I was going to be in the limelight, whoever was watching me knew they could watch something with a positive effect."

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The model, TV host, dancer and humanitarian — who has served as chairwoman for the Foundation’s inaugural Prom and taken leadership roles in events like its Talent Show and Dream Weeks — went on to say that in a social media landscape of selfies, "sadly, people have to be told what to do and how to do it for them to get motivation. [My stance is about] really teaching kids that you can have an idea, and you can want to do it. You don't have to see the Kardashians do it; you don't have to see anyone do it. If you want to do it, go for it. That's how I live — if I have an idea, I tell them, I hit somebody up, but the goal is definitely to leave a positive impact."

So what does Prince's muse wear to be honored at such a benefit? "My whole outfit probably cost sixty bucks!"

The sold-out comedy event — which featured stand-up sets from comedy stars Lewis Black, Bill Burr, Dane Cook, Billy Gardell and John Oliver, was hosted by Steve Schirripa and included appearances by the likes of Will Arnett, Michael J. Fox, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Horovitz and Ben Stiller — raised nearly $1.4 million to aid the Garden of Dreams Foundation’s efforts to make dreams come true for children in need.