She said that she also looks to other powerful women for inspiration.
And it's not the first time Bella has helped save Gigi from falling in the public eye.
Williams also paid some style homage to the honoree by wearing the sleeveless black and gold Versace dress that Hadid modeled during the Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection during Milan Fashion Week.
After collecting her award from tennis ace Serena Williams, Gigi said: "I think my biggest responsibility, standing here, is to all the young women who are watching".
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Now that Williams is back in the spotlight, we're so ready for more empowering moments from her like this one.
"I want to let you know that just because I'm standing here, winning this award, doesn't mean that I have it all figured out. It's kind of insane I'm still kind of surprised". Gigi Hadid was about to fall right on the NYC pavement yesterday after tripping over her full-length couture gown.
Dedicating her prize to all the strong women in the world, Gigi concluded: "So tonight, I celebrate all of you being honoured and celebrate women all over the world. Not only attractive on the outside, but totally stunning - most importantly - on the inside, she understands in order to be the best you have to think like you are the best, you have to work the hardest, and you have to make sacrifices". "And she's authentically herself".