Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, and Andie MacDowell Join L’Oréal Paris for Women of Worth

by Kristen Heinzinger

For a decade, L’Oréal Paris has brought to the forefront phenomenal females with its Women of Worth awards (and guests bring tissues for the emotional ceremony). Per usual, the beauty brand invited its iconic ambassadors (who are worthy women themselves): Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Eva Longoria, Andie MacDowell, Karlie Kloss, and Aimee Mullins gathered at The Pierre to present the 10 honorees their awards, a 10k grant to benefit their charitable organizations. We caught up with the event’s A-Listers about the topics of the evening…

While the moms took home the top honor when we polled for favorite female role model, a few others were top of mind…

“My dad’s mother. I think she really raised a great family. My dad’s father passed away when he was 8 years old, and so my grandmother had to pretty much raise all these kids by herself. And she was not an educated woman, but [all the kids] turned out to be exceptionally fine people. Until she got really ill in her 90s, she kept doing everything on her own. She had a farm and had cows and chickens and rice paddy fields. She never wanted help. She was extremely independent, and I think that’s commendable.” —Freida Pinto

“In the fashion world, I really looked up to Liz Tilberis, who was a great editor at Harper’s Bazaar. I think that she was such a big-hearted person and did so much good in the world. I mean I grew up with Oprah—Oprah was and still is my god. I think that there’s all these women, historically, that look great and looked really pretty. But how did they use their platform to make a difference, to inspire and empower? That, to me, is what it’s all about.” —Mary Alice Stephenson

When we asked what it takes to earn the title “woman of worth,” the ever graceful Moore told us, “I think it’s important to talk about everybody being of worth, not just women, but men too. Every individual is worthy of love, care, and opportunity. And the more we think about ourselves and other human beings, the better we’ll be.”

Stephenson expressed a similar sentiment: “Tonight is really about the power of inner beauty. Inner beauty makes everyone else feel beautiful. It’s a light that shines on everyone. At the end of the day, don’t we all have a responsibility to use what we have to help other people?”

While each woman who graced the red carpet looked flawless (of course), we just had to find out about their past beauty blunders…

“When I was a teenager, I was always looking for recipes…What could I make in the kitchen, what could I put on my eyes as an eye mask?” Moore told us. “There was a baby oil phase, where I used baby oil for everything…it takes a long time to get baby oil out of your hair!”

MacDowell confessed she wasn’t keen on drastic makeovers. “I was never the kind of person to do a crazy haircut or dye my hair. I think that’s this generation’s thing. But I would obsess over trying to be smaller than I could be. I sort of had an awakening, and realized I could only be my best.”

See the full list of this year’s Women of Worth here.

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