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NEW YORK — Iman, MTV News correspondent SuChin Pak and Stacie J. of “The Apprentice” were among those at Christie’s auction house on Wednesday night for the third annual Opening Doors’ awards gala.
The Door, a Manhattan-based advocacy group that offers 12- to 21-year-olds services ranging from health care to job training, was host at the event to honor individuals who promote diversity and provide opportunities for youth.
Pak served as master of ceremonies and presented Iman with an award for diversity in business as founder and chief executive officer of Iman Cosmetics & Skincare.
“When I created my company 10 years ago, I wanted to do something different and unique to empower women of color,” Iman said. “The Door, you’ve been at it for 30 years, and so have I in one shape or form.”
The model-entrepreneur said that after the event she would slip into a lace knee-length vintage dress, pick up husband David Bowie and head to the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival. She is also preparing for a tour in October to publicize the release of her book, “The Color of Beauty.”
Next month, Stacie J., will speak to a group of young girls at The Door in SoHo about staying in school. The reality TV star also said she had done no fewer than four TV pilots to air in September. She was mum on specifics. “If I gave you details, it’d be big trouble for me,” she said.
The Gap Inc. also received a diversity in business award for participating in The Door’s career development program, which prepares teens for entry into the workforce.
Arden Graham, a regional director with Old Navy who is involved with the development program, said the goal is to give teens the skills necessary to succeed. “We go over every aspect of getting a job, from interviewing to how you dress to body language,” said Graham.
This story first appeared in the April 25, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.