Jennifer Lopez struggled to control her emotions as she accepted the Fashion Icon prize at the 2019 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards in New York on Monday night.
The 49-year-old singer and actress looked stunning in a sparkly orange crop top and voluminous puffball skirt in the same hue, both from Ralph Lauren Collection, for her big moment.
Taking to the stage as she collected the gong, which was the final award of the evening, Jennifer found herself overcome with emotion as she paid tribute to those who have shaped her into the fashionista she is today.
Dedicating her award to late make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin and hairstylist Oribe Canales, the mother-of-two told the crowd: “We lost two of those great artists Kevyn Aucoin (in 2002) and Oribe (in 2018), who helped turn me from an around-the-way girl to a girl who could grace a magazine cover.
Turning around to wipe her eyes, Jennifer added: “I said I wouldn’t cry! Together we created so many iconic looks, and I’m forever grateful. And tonight, I’m dedicating this award to them.”
The Hustlers star also found herself getting teary again when she thanked her children and fiance Alex Rodriguez for their support, telling the former baseball player: “You make me feel like the MVP (most valuable player) every day. You make me feel like the most beautiful person in the world, just from your love. Thank you so much.”
Other winners at the star-studded awards ceremony included Brandon Maxwell, who was named Womenswear Designer of the Year. Accepting his prize, the 34-year-old stated: “I am so proud to be part of an industry like this where we wake up every day charged with the idea that making a woman feel good, that making someone happy, is valid.”
Rick Owens took home the Menswear Designer of the Year prize, while Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were presented with the Accessory Designer of the Year gong for their label The Row.