The Trailblazer ceremony was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater, a National Historic Landmark and extension of the Ebell of Los Angeles, a 125-year-old organization founded by women for women. All eyes were on the color-coordinated RuPaul’s Drag Race alum and hunky model, the evening’s unofficial queen and king.
I had such a fantastic time at the #vh1trailblazerhonors (@vh1) last night. So honored to have been surrounded by so many powerful women.
Thank you for everything @peppermint247 pic.twitter.com/whtWt8sb5z
— Laith Ashley (@laith_ashley) February 22, 2019
“VH1 Trailblazer Honors will celebrate today’s most respected politicians, entertainers, artists, activists, allies and icons who have dedicated their time and steadfast commitments to the women’s movement and beyond,” the network stated in a press release. “Centered around this year’s incredible breakthroughs in female empowerment and human rights, the annual event will feature the landmark achievements of its honorees.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood were the vanguards recognized at this year’s event.
Bisexual recording artist Rita Ora appeared to perform her personal anthem “Soul Survivor.”
Bridget Kelly, Samira Wiley, Luvvie Ajayi, Diane Warren, Alysa Liu, Elle King, Catt Sadler, Alyssa Milano, Jennifer Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Ashley Wahler, and Antoinette Harris were among the other attendees and participants.
Kicking off Women’s History Month, the hourlong television special will air on International Women’s Day, March 8, at 9/8c on VH1 and Logo.