Three Major Firsts From The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards

BY Milli Midwood / Jun 5 2018 / 14:55 PM

These are a big deal

Three Major Firsts From The 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards
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1. It’s the first time the event has been hosted by an African-American woman

Issa Rae made history last night as the first ever African-American woman to host the prestigious fashion awards. “Issa Rae is leading a new generation of performers who use their voice and humor to discuss social topics in a way that is relatable and poignant,” CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb said. The 'Insecure' star is also the first woman to host in nine years - last year, Seth Meyers hosted the ceremony. Double win!

Issa Rae, the first African-American woman to host the CFDA Fashion Awards

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2. It’s the first time the awards have handed out an ‘Influencer Award’

And naturally, it went to former Bazaar cover star Kim Kardashian West. “This is seriously such an honor," the social media star said in her acceptance speech, "so thank you to the CFDA for this award.  I mean, it was maybe seven years ago when I had a publicist and she asked what I—what were my goals, what were my dreams, and I said I just want to be on the cover of a fashion magazine, and she said to me, ‘Let’s get some realistic goals ‘cause that’ll never happen.’

Kim Kardashian West takes home the first Influencer Award

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3. It’s the first time the event has been held in Brooklyn

In the 37-year history the event has never taken place outside Manhattan. “We are excited to take the awards to Brooklyn this year. The Brooklyn Museum is a strong and iconic backdrop to one of fashion’s biggest nights,” says CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb.

CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb

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