A crew of badass women came together on Saturday for an Instyle Badass Women Dinner, hosted by one the baddest women out there: Taraji P. Henson. Held at New York City's Crosby Street Hotel, the event brought together like-minded women from the entertainment world to celebrate the power of women who aren't afraid to voice their opinions. Together, they're all working together to do away with the "irrelevant preconceptions of gender" and give a voice to the underserved. Henson co-hosted the event with InStyle Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown and the entire event was sponsored by CALVIN KLEIN WOMEN fragrance.
The host herself was outfitted to party in the latest from Calvin Klein. Henson wore a Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Spring 2019 black, sleeveless, short wetsuit with a light-yellow, pleated shark bite skirt and leather high-heeled boot with 205W39NYC silver toe plate, looking every bit the badass with sleek, straight hair and her usual glow.
Guests included Padma Lakshmi, Natasha Lyonne, Hari Nef, and Iman. Kelsey Asbille was also outfitted in Calvin, wearing a Calvin Klein 205W39NYC white, sleeveless, flared dress that showcased the brand's partnership with Andy Warhol. Model Dilone wore the brand's Fall 2018 light pink-and-red, classic marching-band-uniform shirt with the matching striped pants and white, patent-leather ankle boots. Fellow model Adesuwa Aighewi topped her outfit with Calvin's Fall 2018 oversize, single-breasted, brushed wool blazer in a green-and-white buffalo check.
But it wasn't all fashion. There was plenty of fun, too. Brown posted a snapshot from the event showing her co-host on her lap.
"Only fitting that @tarajiphenson is the (lucky?) first on my lap for 2019. This woman is one of the greats – so, so happy to host our first NYC #instylebadasswomen dinner with her tonight. (Thank you to @calvinklein!) #onlauraslap," Brown wrote alongside the photo. As serious as it is to have representation for women everywhere, there's always time for a little bit of fun.
Last night's event marks the second Badass Women dinner. Last year, the event was held at L.A.'s Sunset Tower and featured Laura Dern and the next generation of badasses including her daughter, Jaya Harper.