The International Yo Dona Awards paid tribute to seven great women, models of struggle in the pursuit of their dreams, at an exclusive gala celebration held on 24 June at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum.
It was sunset over the centre of a steamy Madrid while the flashes went off for the first guests to arrive at the photo call, warmly welcomed by the editor-in-chief of Yo Dona magazine, Marta Michel. Among the attendees were familiar faces such as Marta Hazas, Naty Abascal, Màxim Huerta, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, Modesto Lomba, Real Madrid footballer Marcelo, Luján Argüelles and the President of the Congress of Deputies, Meritxell Batet, among others. As for the publishing world, it was represented by the president, Antonio Fernández-Galiano; the director of EL MUNDO, Francisco Rosell, and the general director of Advertising, Jesús Zaballa. Everyone wanted to attend this event to celebrate the work of this year's seven, award-winning women.
It was a truly exciting night featuring fashion, solidarity, leadership, social inclusion and professionalism. The Yo Dona International Awards, now in its 14th year, recognises the work of seven unique women, with lives and dreams just as disparate as ambitious, who have all stood out in their struggle to make them a reality: the renowned Dominican politician Minou Tavárez Mirabal; cancer survivor and activist Sandra Ibarra; Champions actress with Down syndrome Gloria Ramos; Airbus Vice President Teresa Busto; designer Teresa Helbig; Haute Couture model Nieves Álvarez; and actress and producer Ana Obregón, showing her most charitable side.
The Iberian Ham at Yo Dona Awards
And since no gala is complete without the best acorn-fed Iberian ham, Señorío de Montanera was there to delight the gourmet palates of those attending with its delicious culinary gems. Señorío de Montanera 100% acorn-fed Iberian ham with Denomination of Origin “Dehesa de Extremadura” was a hit, and the exclusive ham cart was never once without a queue. The two pieces of Señorío de Montanera Iberian Ham consumed during the 2019 Yo Dona Awards celebration came from the 2016 reserve, meaning they stood out for their marked persistent flavour, with light sweet touches— a true delight for even the most gourmet palates.
The surprise of the night came with a performance by Marina Carmona, the daughter of the famous Ketama musician Antonio Carmona, whose patron for the evening was singer Marta Sánchez.
During the gala guests could enjoy “Balenciaga and Spanish painting”, the first exhibit dedicated to the Basque couturier to be presented in Madrid in 50 years. The exhibit housed in the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum is also the first to bring together a selection of paintings by great names in the history of Spanish art with their designs.