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At last night’s CFDA Fashion Awards, Law Roach received the first-ever Stylist Award and used the opportunity to reflect on how far he has come. Back in 2016, when his client Zendaya was invited to the CFDAs at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Roach watched from the event’s kitchen. “I saw as the waiters served your food, and I thought to myself, One day, I am going to be on that stage,” he recalled. “And I am an example that anything and everything is possible. There is a little Black gay boy in the fucking ghetto, and there is someone telling him that he will never be shit, and I’m here to tell you you can be whatever you want to be.” The whole room stood up and cheered.
It was a standout moment on a very special night, and not just because of the sheer amount of celebrities in attendance, though there were many — including most of the Kardashian clan, Drake and 21 Savage, Julia Fox, Gigi Hadid, Janelle Monáe, Regina Hall, Jesse Williams, Kerry Washington, Katie Holmes, Ayo Edebiri, and Lenny Kravitz. And it wasn’t because it marked the 60th anniversary of the organization, which has grown to include more than 500 industry members. Or even the fact that it was Drake’s first time in attendance.