Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West speak onstage during the WSJ. Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards sponsored by Harry Winston and Rémy Martin at MOMA on November 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards)

In further evidence that Kim and Kanye are reaching the upper echelons of cultural influence, the couple presented an award at the Wall Street Journal Innovator Awards on Wednesday night in NYC.

Honouring their friend, fashion designer Ricardo Tisci with the Fashion Innovator Award, they gave a joint speech at the ceremony at the newly reopened Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

‘I am so excited to be here for someone who has believed in me before I really knew what fashion was and before I believed in myself,’ Kim said as she introduced Tisci. 

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@riccardotisci17 is our 2019 Fashion Innovator! Certainly, he has pioneered much of what is being pushed today at fashion houses and in the wider culture. At Givenchy, the openly transgender Lea T—a former assistant of Tisci’s—became a featured model. Tisci surrounded himself with artists such as Marina Abramovic, and his casting embraced black and Latino models; rappers and royalty were dressed and treated with equal respect. In 2011, Tisci outfitted Jay-Z and Kanye West for their "Watch the Throne" tour. All of which seems commonplace now. Then? Not so much. Tisci was lambasted for it at times. “What we were doing was seen as weird and going nowhere. Now look at the world—thank God it has changed,” he says. Read the story at the link in bio. (🖊: Jo-Ann Furniss, 📷: @yorgoslanthimos) #WSJInnovators

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Putting his support behind the Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Kanye said, “He’d come to my fashion shows when everyone would dis my fashion shows and just be an amazing friend. I remember Carine [Roitfeld] and Ricardo locking arms and saying no one’s going to talk bad about Kim and we’re going to dress her,” West said, adding that some of those people that weren’t so nice were in the room.

Kim wore an interesting outfit comprising a structured denim off the shoulder longsleeved top and bottoms that were part jeans, part blue leather chaps. Kanye wore a suit and black t-shirt with a thick gold chain. 

The couple were more affectionate than we’ve seen them in a while on the red carpet, cuddling and kissing. 

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West arrive to the WSJ Magazine 2019 Innovator Awards at MOMA on November 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)

They stole a fair bit of limelight on the red carpet that was also graced by other attending celebs including Gigi Hadid, Bette Midler, Julianne Hough, Jerry Seinfeld, Tory Burch, Irina Shayk, and Karlie Kloss and new husband Joshua Kushner.

Mum Kris Jenner also attended with her handsome boyfriend Corey Gamble, 38 (he’s Kim’s age!) Kris has been with Corey, a tour manager, for five year.  They actually met at Riccardo Tisci’s 40th birthday party in Ibiza not long after Kris has split form Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner. 

Other honorees at the Innovator Awards included Julianne Moore, actor and comedian Eddie Murphy, artist Cindy Sherman, rapper Tyler, The Creator, and architects Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty of Studio KO.

Apparently Kim, who is studying law, made a beeline for the night’s most popular honoree as soon as there was a break in the ceremony. 

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“I just don’t think you can doubt the power of love to change hearts and minds,” says Bryan Stevenson, our 2019 Social Justice Innovator. The human rights lawyer has devoted his life to fighting for the convicted and the condemned as part of a larger struggle against injustice in the legal system and beyond. He has won five of the six cases he has argued before the Supreme Court and delivered a TED Talk that has garnered more than seven million views to date. He has written a best-selling memoir, “Just Mercy,” about his life and work and is also the subject of a recent HBO documentary, “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality.” He’s also a professor at the New York University School of Law. Learn more about his work at the link in bio. #WSJInnovators

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She was desperate to chat with social justice activist Bryan Stevenson. The founder and executive director of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative received two standing ovations when he was called to the stage to collect the Social Justice innovator award.

thoughts?