Around Town: Christy Turlington, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Meryl Streep Celebrate Women

Christy Turlington Burns and Gwyneth Paltrow

Good Housekeeping’s Shine On awards, a benefit for the National Women’s History Museum, brought a slew of high-profile females to Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday. 

Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, Goldie Hawn, Rebecca Romijn, Lake Bell, and Ashley Tisdale all took the stage—and they were only the presenters. Honorees, “women making history,” included Christy Turlington, for her work to improve prenatal health, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, and education advocate Michelle Rhee.

During the ceremony, Kathy Ireland and Camilla Belle gave a moving tribute to two recently departed icons, Elizabeth Taylor and Geraldine Ferraro.

But this was not just an evening of speeches; it was a theatrical event with performances by Eve, Lee Ann Womack, and, amazingly, Trisha Yearwood, who rarely ventures to New York.

So how did Good Housekeeping EIC Rosemary Ellis lure the country music superstar?  “She is a generous, lovely person, and she is my friend,” Ellis said. “And she knows what we’re trying to do here; she and Garth [Brooks, Yearwood’s husband] both do a lot of charitable endeavors, and they understand that we’re trying to raise money tonight for something important.”

Wearing a black pantsuit with matching fedora, Yearwood belted out the James Brown classic “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” 

“I just thought that this was a real opportunity to do something different,” Yearwood told FashionEtc about choosing the number. “I threw that out there as kind of a crazy idea but I wasn’t really serious, and then they said, ‘We love that idea!’” She performed with an all-girl band, and the song, she said, offered a little twist on women ruling the world.

On Monday it was a different kind of history lesson at the premiere of The Conspirator, the Robert Redford–directed movie about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Robin Wright, who stars, said her favorite era in American history is the 1960s. “You know, the free love era. I think we need to revisit that,” she said, laughing.

Evan Rachel Wood, James McAvoy, Alexis Bledel, and Kevin Kline also star. After the screening at MoMA, the cast and guests including Anna Sui, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, Kenneth Cole, David Lauren and Lauren Bush, Liya Kebede, and Chris Benz partied at the Royalton.

Photo: Christy Turlington Burns and Gwyneth Paltrow