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Supermodel Iman Will Receive The Franca Sozzani Award in Venice

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Article by CHANNING HARGROVE, via REFINERY29.

The night before the Venice International Film Festival begins, the fashion industry will honor iconic supermodel Iman with the Franca Sozzani Award, WWD is reporting. The award honors women for their artistic careers as well as their social commitment. Sozzani’s family established the award after her death from a rare form of cancer in 2016. Julianne Moore was the first to get it and then Salma Hayek. Iman will be honored at Sozzani’s favorite restaurant, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy on August 27.
“Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” tells Carrozzini WWD. “Using her platform to the best of its potential, Iman’s work from lobbying the CFDA for an increase of diversity on the runway to impactful humanitarian work, displays her true passion and focus. We are truly honored for her to accept the Franca Sozzani Award.” In addition to celebrating Iman, the award also marks the beginning of The Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard.

The night before the Venice International Film Festival begins, the fashion industry will honor iconic supermodel Iman with the Franca Sozzani Award, WWD is reporting. The award honors women for their artistic careers as well as their social commitment. Sozzani’s family established the award after her death from a rare form of cancer in 2016. Julianne Moore was the first to get it and then Salma Hayek. Iman will be honored at Sozzani’s favorite restaurant, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy on August 27.
“Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” tells Carrozzini WWD. “Using her platform to the best of its potential, Iman’s work from lobbying the CFDA for an increase of diversity on the runway to impactful humanitarian work, displays her true passion and focus. We are truly honored for her to accept the Franca Sozzani Award.” In addition to celebrating Iman, the award also marks the beginning of The Franca Sozzani Fund for Preventive Genomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard.
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When Iman burst onto the modeling scene in 1975, she never imagined she could have such a prolific career. “Growing up in eastern Africa in the 1960s and ’70s, I could not have aspired to become a fashion model even if I’d wanted to: If they existed, news of their habits never reached me at boarding school,” she told Vogue in 2017.

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