In times which Nicole Kidman calls “extraordinary,” the actress is managing to fly above it all — courtesy of some high-fashion wings and a bit of love and positivity.
Dressed in a Christian Dior tiered gown adorned with a literal cartoon bird, Kidman accepted her Glamour Women of the Year award Monday night at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, explaining that her dress was a reminder of the individual's limitless potential.
“I want to be able to say thank you for supporting me, for embracing me, for giving me chances, for allowing me to fall and fail, and then allowing me to get back up and brush off my knees, even if they're bloodied, and fly,” she said. “I'm wearing wings tonight, and I tell you, to all of those young girls and boys, even if your wings get clipped, you can build them back and you can fly.”
The message came after the actress thanked her husband Keith Urban for his unyielding support, admitting that despite being a “strong woman,” she still needs the help her partner, for more than a decade, offers her.
“He gives me so much strength at times, and he gives me so much love," she said, adding, “I'm very, very fortunate and I know so many people in this room don't have that, but I have it, and I want to acknowledge it.”
But ultimately, it was Kidman's upbringing, she explained, in a household consisting of a feminist mother and a loving father where “everyone was equal” that taught Kidman the concept of “good love.” It what she uses to navigate “unchartered territories.” (The actress did not directly mention politics or the current climate in Hollywood in a post-Weinstein era, but spoke instead to vague concepts of uneasiness.)
The Big Little Lies actress ended her speech — in a night with several political calls-to-action from fellow Women of the Year, including Gigi Hadid, Maxine Waters and Samantha Bee — with a warning that, Dior dresses aside, birds of a feather, should no longer, flock together.
“It's so easy for us to gravitate towards the places in the world that are safe,” the actress said. “The people who are most like us the people, whose gender whose sexuality or race we share, but I'm convinced the galvanization of all of us together is what's essential. I truly believe we must share the good love that we receive whenever we see that it's needed.
“It's about building bridges. Bridges bring understanding, they bring empathy, but they bring change, and that's what we need, we need change.”
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A country-girl moment, complete with woven hat.
With Tom Cruise in a two-toned suit and wild curls.
Nicole Kidman pairs an eggplant purple velvet mini with sheer stockings.
Another pair of sheer tights, this time with a power red skirt suit.
Baring her midriff at the premiere of Eyes Wide Shut.
At the SAG Awards in red silk and strappy black heels.
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A sequined moment for the Australian actress.
Accepting her Golden Globe in a slightly bridal strapless gown.
Kidman stunned in John Galliano for Dior at the Academy Awards.
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Kidman selected Tom Ford for Gucci for one of her many Met Gala appearances.
A golden goddess moment in cascading metallic ruffles.
More ruffles, this time in a lovely lavender hue.
Taking home Oscar gold in an asymmetrical black gown.
Kidman shows black doesn’t equal basic by layering on diamond necklaces.
Kidman was an early adopter of the formal choker, wearing a black version to the Golden Globes in 2002.
For the 76th Annual Academy Awards, Kidman went icy blue and strapless.
A daring teal hue is offset with peacock feather accents.
Lovely, pale yellow sequins at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.
A slightly goth look for Kidman at the 2011 SAG Awards.
The same year, strapless and origami-esque at the Academy Awards.
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Ornate ruffles at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
A long, sequined column upped the glitz factor at the 2011 Country Music Awards.
Skintight Versace was an uncharacteristically sexy look for Kidman at the 2012 Golden Globes.
Radiant in rose pink at the Cannes Film Festival.
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In corseted black at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.
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Supporting husband Keith Urban in gold at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Kidman made an umbrella a must-have accessory in 2014.
A standout sequin dress at the 2015 Academy Awards.
And again, this time Dior, for the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards.
A princess moment at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Kidman wore daring Atelier Versace to the 2016 InStyle Awards.
Kidman stunned in Alexander McQueen at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
A Gucci moment, sequined parrots and all, at the 2017 SAG Awards.
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