The Women's Jewelry Association’s grant and scholarship program was born from humble beginnings.
“It started off very small in the late Eighties, early Nineties,” said Phyllis Bergman, the former president of WJA, now the vice president of the Scholarship Committee for the International Board of Directors and president of the Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees.
“We gave out prizes for design competitions,” she continued. “And then we decided that our role was to help women grow in this industry. So we thought, well, why don’t we start at the school level? We started to get a lot of applications and we realized that there are a lot of people out there that really wanted to participate. We knew that we had to raise more money.”
Fast forward to 2013 and the organization is about to honor its 30th anniversary with $30,000 in scholarships and an additional $16,000 in grants, totaling $46,000 — the highest amount awarded in the program’s history. “It started as this baby program and really became more formalized,” Bergman said. The award ceremony will take place at the organization’s annual Awards for Excellence Gala tonight at Pier 60.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)