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June Ambrose Accepts NAACP Image Awards Fashion Award in Marc Jacobs Bubble Peplum Dress, Presented by Kelly Rowland

Ahead of the 2024 NAACP Image Awards, which will broadcast on Saturday, the organization honored June Ambrose with the Fashion Vanguard Award on Friday in Los Angeles. The stylist and costume designer, who left her post last year as creative director of women’s hoops at Puma, was presented with the honor by Kelly Rowland.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: Honoree June Ambrose attends the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)
June Ambrose attends the 2024 NAACP Fashion Show on March 15 in Los Angeles.

She arrived in a polka dot off-the-shoulder bubble peplum dress by Marc Jacobs.

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“As a fashion icon and cultural pioneer, June Ambrose has not only shaped the visual landscape of pop culture but has also elevated the conversation around the importance of diversity and inclusion in the world of fashion and entertainment,” said Karen Boykin-Towns, vice chair of the NAACP national board of directors, and chairman of the Image Awards committee, in a statement. “Her multifaceted contributions have left an enduring legacy that transcends fashion, paving the way for a more representative and dynamic industry.”

The program also included a fashion show, which featured presentations by Chocolate Clothes Global, Okera Banks, Kevan Hall and Grayscale.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: Kelly Rowland speaks onstage during the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)
Kelly Rowland speaks onstage during the NAACP Fashion Show on March 15 in Los Angeles.

Ambrose accepted the award following a cocktail celebration on Wednesday at Gucci Osteria Beverly Hills.

“This is the Oscar for me — to be celebrated and to be recognized,” Ambrose said at the event. “I went into this industry because I wanted to change the narrative of how they saw us, and I was able to do that through this creative art form. I’m so grateful to still be doing it 30 years later, but I know that I stand on the shoulders of some really amazing people that really have the courage to do that.”

NAACP Image Awards Fashion Show 2024 & June Ambrose Fashion Vanguard Award Presentation [Photos]

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: Honoree June Ambrose attends the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: Honoree June Ambrose attends the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: June Ambrose accepts the Vanguard Award during the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Gunter/Getty Images for NAACP)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: June Ambrose accepts the Vanguard Award during the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Gunter/Getty Images for NAACP)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: June Ambrose (R) accepts the Vanguard Award from Kelly Rowland (L) during the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: June Ambrose (R) accepts the Vanguard Award from Kelly Rowland (L) during the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images For NAACP)

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 15: June Ambrose accepts the Vanguard Award during the NAACP Fashion Show at Vibiana on March 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Gunter/Getty Images for NAACP)
June Ambrose accepts the Vanguard Award during the NAACP Image Awards Fashion Show on March 15 in Los Angeles.

The 55th NAACP Image Awards honor the accomplishments of Black creatives in film, television and music. Queen Latifah will return to host the ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium after hosting for the first time in 2023. Winners are announced prior to the show’s air date. The 2024 honorees include Usher, H.E.R., Megan Thee Stallion and Ciara.

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Launch Gallery: NAACP Image Awards Fashion Show 2024 & June Ambrose Fashion Vanguard Award Presentation [Photos]

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