After making history in 2018 with host Issa Rae, the CFDA is shaking things up with a new format for its awards show. Today the CFDA announced that Hasan Minhaj and Jessica Williams will present at the upcoming 2019 CFDA Awards forgoing a traditional host format and instead, enlisting an army of voices from various industries, including fashion and entertainment, to present awards to this year's CFDA honorees.
“Hasan and Jessica both have incredibly popular shows that tap into the current state of culture,” Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, said in a press release. “We’re excited to have them on stage and look forward to celebrating the best of American fashion.” Hasan and Jessica will present the awards to the womenswear, menswear, accessory, and emerging designer of the year nominees.
Jessica is one-half of the popular 2 Dope Queens podcast, which expanded into a HBO series before calling it quits earlier this year. Jessica is set to appear in the Olivia Wilde-directed film Booksmart in theaters on May 24. Hasan hosts his own weekly comedy show Patriot Act on Netflix, in which he uses his comedic background to address current news and happenings in the world. Hasan has already won a Peabody Award for his first Netflix special, Homecoming King, released in 2017.
This year's honorees include Jennifer Lopez, who will be awarded the Fashion Icon Award, Eileen Fisher, founder of CR Fashion Book Carine Roitfeld, and more.
For the second year in a row, the CFDA Fashion Awards will be held at the Brooklyn Museum on June 3.
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