Alliance for Women in Media and Dove ®, the global beauty brand, announce that Shaun Robinson is the recipient of the 2011 Dove Real Beauty Award. The award will be presented at the 36th Annual Gracie Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
Alliance for Women in Media and Dove created the Dove Real Beauty Award to honor an individual who best embodies and expresses the “substance and spirit” of real beauty through her life and career. Shaun is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and weekend co-anchor and correspondent for the entertainment news show Access Hollywood. A strong advocate for empowering young girls, Shaun serves on the board of the non-profit youth organization Girls, Inc., has celebrated exceptional teenage girls by co-creating and co-hosting the “I Am Perfect ““ Exactly As I Am” event, and is the author of the inspiring book about girls and self-esteem, Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What it Takes to Believe in Yourself.
Alliance for Women in Media has partnered with Dove since 2004. Now celebrating its seventh year as title sponsor of the Gracie Awards, Dove is committed to building positive self-esteem in the next generation and inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential by caring for themselves and each other. Dove invites all women to join them in creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety.
“Shaun Robinson is an exemplary role model for young women,” said Robert Candelino, marketing director for Dove. “Shaun shares our belief that everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem. We are excited to honor her commitment to building confidence in the next generation.”
“What an incredible honor it is to receive the Real Beauty Award from DOVE and AWM,” said Robinson. “My mission to help young girls believe in themselves and dream big was inspired by the beautiful and strong female role models I have had in my life. I am humbled to be recognized by DOVE — a brand that truly embodies self-esteem and self-confidence!”
In addition to her work on Access Hollywood, Shaun has contributed reports to the Today Show, MSNBC, CNN and NBC Nightly News, and has been a guest host for The Joy Behar Show as well as a guest panelist on Larry King Live. She has co-hosted The View and the official pre-shows for the Academy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards and NBC’s Rose Parade. She won an Emmy for her live coverage of “A Grand Night in Harlem” for the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame and has been a featured columnist for Essence.com and Cosmo as well as a guest editor for Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. Shaun was also invited by the Obama Administration’s U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas to speak to girls on the island about the issue of self-esteem based on her book, Exactly As I Am.
“We are so proud to partner with Dove in encouraging women and girls to reach their full potential,” said Erin M. Fuller, CAE, president of the Alliance for Women in Media. “We look forward to honoring Shaun Robinson at the Gracie Awards.”
For more information about the 2011 Gracies, please visit www.thegracies.org. For more information about Dove, please visit www.dove.com.