Diane von Furstenberg,Natalia Vodianova, and Gloria Steinem at the 4th Annual DVF Awards See All Photos Michael Stewart/WireImage See All Photos

Diane von Furstenberg made her first appearance since getting in an accident (she’s stylishly recovering in a DVF-print-covered sling) for the 4th Annual DVF Awards, held at the United Nations in New York City last Friday, where her presence radiated empowering messages. “I don’t think that you need the word powerful if you say woman,” designer told InStyle.com before honoring five women who have made it their life’s work to help other women and award $50,000 grants to their corresponding non-profits. This year she honored Vodianova, Robin Roberts, Andeisha Farid of the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization, Sunitha Krishnan of the anti-trafficking organization Prajwala, and Tammy Tibbetts, who received the People’s Voice Award for her education charity She’s the First. Von Furstenberg continued to emphasize the strength of women when she took the stage to address the crowd: “I have never met a woman who is not strong,” she said. “They don’t exist. Sometimes they’re not allowed to show their strength by a father, a brother, a religion, or sometimes they don’t even know that they’re strong, but then tragedy happens and miraculously the strength always comes out of a woman.” To learn more about the DVF Awards head to the dvfawards.com. Click the photo to the right to see more of this weekend’s star-filled parties!

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