Fashion 4 Development hosted its 10th Annual First Ladies Luncheon in New York City highlighting “Ten Decades of Fashion 1920-2020.” International first ladies, fashion industry insiders, political influencers and diplomats came together to celebrate the progress made towards positive social change around the world in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Highlighting India abroad, MEIL Group and Sudha Reddy Foundation President Sudha Reddy was the only Indian invited and honored at the prestigious gathering which is the brainchild of Evie Evangelou. Celebrating and recognizing her unwavering commitment to humanitarian work in India, the Hyderabad-based businesswoman, philanthropist and fashion icon was congratulated with the Fashion 4 Development Philanthropy Award from New York State Senator, Alessandra Biaggi. In the past, Charlize Theron, Diane Kruger, Arianna Huffington, Diane Von Furstenberg, Naomi Campbell, Amber Heard, Ellie Goulding, Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan have all won top honors at the Fashion 4 Development gathering.
Speaking about her appearance at this year’s event, she says: “It was a remarkable event and I am really happy to have contributed to such a diverse range of conversations revolving around sustainable lifestyle practices for a healthier tomorrow. It was so insightful meeting like-minded leaders and achievers from different walks of life. It is my constant endeavor to represent Hyderabad at major world events and to be a catalyst for change.
Elaborating more on her congratulations, she adds: “I feel very honored. When you receive an award like this, it means that you are empowering the people around you. It’s an award that I’m very proud to receive because I feel like I’m taking a pretty active role in trying to educate young people about the importance of philanthropy. This is very special because I care a lot about charity. To me, this award represents promoting positive social change and economic growth for the disadvantaged and their communities around the world through the unifying power of fashion.”
The Hyderabad fashionista opted for a bespoke ensemble from Tarun Tahliani, a royal ivory and lavender kalidar lehenga saree with resham-dori work highlighted with 3D flowers, crystal sequin and pearl embellishments to be paired with a vintage Basara pearl of 15 Mughal ranks. vintage-inspired necklace for lunch, highlighting Indian craftsmanship. For the ball, she wore a pristine white brocade lace-up gown by veteran Japanese fashion designer Tadashi Shoji accompanied by a pearl veil by couturier Neeta Lulla. Her statement accessories for her outing included an embellished Dolce & Gabbana shoulder bag and the Heart Of The Ocean necklace, a blue tanzanite diamond neckpiece.
By way of introduction, Sudha Reddy was the only Indian celebrity and the first of Hyderabad origin to be invited to the prestigious Met Gala in 2021 and Paris Haute Couture Week in 2022.
The humanitarian who leads with her heart leads Megha Group Of Industries’ corporate social responsibility initiatives that drive various social impact projects across India, while the eponymous Sudha Reddy Foundation aims to support women and children by focusing on care. affordable healthcare and accessible education.
Her extensive charity work includes collaborating with Elizabeth Hurley to campaign for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Paris and working alongside American actress Eva Longaria to raise awareness for children suffering from chronic illness at The Global Gift Gala.
Among her awards and achievements are the Champions Of Change Award from the Government of Telangana 2022 and the Young Indian Women Achievers Under 45 Award at the Young FICCI Ladies Organization (YFLO) in 2021.