Bethann Hardison (L) and Iman attend the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

Bethann Hardison (L) and Iman attend the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

*Unfortunately, Rihanna’s ta-tas overshadowed the most powerful moment at the CFDA Awards gala Monday night when the Council bestowed its prestigious Founders Award to Bethann Hardison, a former model and modeling agent (and actor Kadeem Hardison’s mom) who has been a vocal champion for diversity on runways.

She was introduced by model Naomi Campbell, who choked up when she described her admiration for Hardison. When Hardison came onstage to accept her trophy, so did 16 models of color, standing behind her and smiling.

Iman, Bethann Hardison, and Naomi Campbell appear onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

Iman, Bethann Hardison, and Naomi Campbell appear onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

Hardison spoke passionately of the need for diverse runways — “just let them model,” she said — and added that things were improving throughout the industry on that score.

Bethann Hardison speaks onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

Bethann Hardison speaks onstage at the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

The Founders award in honor of Eleanor Lambert recipient Bethann Hardison (C) poses with Liya Kebede, Chanel Iman, Iman and Joan Smalls at the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

The Founders award in honor of Eleanor Lambert recipient Bethann Hardison (C) poses with Liya Kebede, Chanel Iman, Iman and Joan Smalls at the winners walk during the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City

The annual CFDA show, hosted this year by director and screenwriter John Waters, drew a mix of celebs – from alleged Met Gala adversaries Solange and Rachel Roy…

Solange (L) and Rachel Roy

Solange (in Calvin Klein Collection) and Rachel Roy (in Rachel Roy)

To Lupita Nyong’o (in a cropped Suno jumpsuit), who presented the womenswear award to Joseph Altuzarra.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Suno

 

More pics…

Chanel Iman in Monique Lhuillier

Chanel Iman in Monique Lhuillier

Jennifer Hudson in KaufmanFranco

Jennifer Hudson in KaufmanFranco

Joan Smalls in Prabal Gurung

Joan Smalls in Prabal Gurung

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Chrissy Teigen in Rachel Roy

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede in Wes Gordon

Tyson Beckford

Tyson Beckford

(L-R) Leila Nda, Imaan Hammam, Bethann Hardison, Tyson Beckford and Maria Borges

(L-R) Leila Nda, Imaan Hammam, Bethann Hardison, Tyson Beckford and Maria Borges