P. Diddy Takes Top Honor At Fashion Awards

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs’ Sean John clothing

line landed him the prestigious Menswear Designer of the Year award, a first for

an African-American in the world of fashion.

The award was bestowed by the Council of Fashion

Designers of America on Monday, June 7 at the New York Public Library.

Combs beat out such fashion luminaries as Ralph

Lauren and Michael Kors to take top honors.

"I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the recognition

the CFDA has given me," Combs said. "This award is especially meaningful

because I am the first African-American ever to win it. This sends a signal

to kids all over America…they too can be a successful fashion designer regardless

of their race."

"Every year I go, and every year I lose,"

said an excited Combs, who has been nominated four times in the past. ”I’m

very happy.”

Combs, sporting a white tuxedo jacket, playfully

danced his way to the podium to accept his award. He said he was living the

American dream, recalling a time when he saved his pennies to buy a Ralph Lauren

Polo shirt.

The CFDA awards show was opened by American Idol

phenomenon Fantasia Barrino, who sang "New York State of Mind."

"This year’s CFDA Fashion Awards are a testament

to the artistry and vitality of the city of New York and the entire American

fashion industry," said Peter Arnold, Executive Director of the Council

of Fashion Designers of America.

The awards show was attended by Ralph Lauren,

Donald Trump, Alek Wek, Heidi Klum, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, Donna Karan, Beyonce,

Eve, Jill Hennessy and others.

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