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Why Mariska Hargitay Asked Photographers to Zoom in on Her Necklace at an Event

The Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star attended the 2023 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on November 7 — and her jewelry had special meaning. 

By Jackie Manno

Mariska Hargitay hit the Glamour Women of the Year Awards red carpet on November 7 in style. 

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For the event, the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star rocked a chic black dress and super-long, pin-straight hair. She also wore a necklace with a "B" on it, a tribute to Brooke Shields, her friend who was being honored at the event. 

"Somebody go super-close on my necklace, because I'm wearing a 'B' for Brooke!" Hargitay asked photographers. "Can you see it? Can you go super-tight [in the photo]?" If that's not supporting your bestie, then tell us what is! 

See a video of this moment for yourself further down this post. 

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Mariska Hargitay receives the Glamour Woman of the Year Award in 2021

Hargitay herself rightfully earned a Glamour Woman of the Year Award in 2021. Her former SVU co-star, Chris Meloni, did the honor of presenting the award to her. Naturally, his speech perfectly encapsulated why Hargitay is the queen she is. 

“I have been trusted with one task tonight: introduce someone who needs no introduction, who I’ve been working with for 13 years and been friends with for 22,” Meloni said in his speech. “She’s got great energy, great personality. So tonight, I say this: Radiant. Charming. Funny. Generous. Elegant. Bawdy. Honest. Appreciative. Inclusive. Direct. Vivacious. That’s my favorite word; it comes from Latin, to live. Which is what she does with great passion, every day, with everyone that she engages, be they friends, family, strangers, or commitments.”

Mariska Hargitay poses on the red carpet of the Glamour Women of the Year 2023

He continued, “She’s fearless, without the bravado of the warrior stance, but always with the open arms, the open heart. She’s a connector of people because she knows we’re all better when we’re working together. She is as comfortable in the sacred as she is in the profane; she is a soul in the constant search of the beauty and the truth that she knows that this world holds, but she also knows that it requires vigilance, persistence, and insistence to pry magic from the oftentimes mundane reality. Her first instance is to always react with compassion and empathy. She sees hope in the hopeless; she sees the potential in the you, and me, and us." 

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Speaking of inspirational women, Hargitay met up with journalist and activist Gloria Steinem in September. Hargitay posted a badass selfie with Steinem on Instagram of the two sitting next to each other. 

"Sisterhood is powerful #GloriousGloria," Hargitay captioned the post.

Steinem's powerful writing has been a huge influence on Hargitay's life work. In a 2018 interview with InStyle, Hargitay opened up about how Steinem has inspired her dedication to helping sexual assault and domestic violence survivors

"I will always look up to the heroes in this movement, like Gloria Steinem. This has a truly awe-inspiring display of strength in numbers — and strength of collective outrage has brought about this hard-won time of change," she said.