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Stars rock the red carpet at the annual Black Girls Rock ceremony on Saturday (March 28)
Posted: 30/03/2015 10:26 AM

FIRST LADY Michelle Obama received a standing ovation when she declared 'black girls rock' at an annual ceremony honouring trailblazing women of colour from all walks of life on Saturday night (March 28).

"No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful," Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.

"I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you," she said. "We have so much hope and dreams for you."

The mother-of-two added: "I know there are voices that you are not good enough," she said, acknowledging that she often lacked self-confidence growing up despite encouraging parents.

"There is nothing more important than being serious about your education," the Ivy League-educated Obama said. "That's why I am able to stand here tonight... I want every one of our black girls do to the same, and our black boys."

Obama was not among the honourees at Saturday night's festivities, held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, but she got the night's loudest ovation as she declared "Black girls rock!" — the slogan and name of the organisation founded by Beverly Bond.

It is designed to uplift young black girls, a group that often has difficulty finding positive and reaffirming images of themselves in the world.

Here, we take a look at the fashion choices of the well-known faces in attendance,

Black Girls Rock! Premieres in the UK on Thursday 9 April at 9pm on Sky 187 / Virgin 184 / Freesat 140.