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Eva Longoria sparkles in figure hugging dress as she joins Jane Fonda, America Ferrera for special occasion

Eva was joined by Flamin' Hot co-stars and crew

US actress Eva Longoria arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood, California, on November 30, 2023. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Women in Film has annually honored outstanding women in the entertainment industry who have broken ground and excelled in their chosen elds. The 2023 honorees include US actress Eva Longoria, US director and producer Linda Yvette Chavez, South Korean-Canadian writer and director Celine Song, US actress Greta Lee, US actress America Ferrera, and US actress Yara Shahidi. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Rebecca Lewis
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Eva Longoria has been praised by her peers for "widening the path" for Latinas as she was honored with the Crystal Award for Advocacy at the 50th Women in Film gala in Hollywood. 

Eva posed for pictures in a figure-hugging silver mesh dress that featured long sleeves and a roll neck and was paired with a matching slip underneath. She accessorized with gold platform heels, and kept her hair sleek. 

The actress, who this year directed her first movie, Flamin' Hot, was honored along with Linda Yvette Chávez, one of the screenwriters of the film; other honorees included America Ferrera, an Honoree of the Jane Fonda Humanitarian Award, Celine Song and Greta Lee, also honorees of the Crystal Award for Advocacy; and Yara Shahidi who was named the Max Mara Face of the Future. 

US actress Eva Longoria wowed in the silver mesh dress© VALERIE MACON
US actress Eva Longoria wowed in the silver mesh dress

Friend Diana-Maria Riva, Eva's date for the evening, told HELLO! that "it is women like Eva and America who keep widening the path" for other Latina women. 

"It is not about making the path exclusive to anyone, it is about widening it so more can be involved, and when it comes to Latinas in front of and behind the camera  we are already so low on the percentage scale of how many there are of us," the Glamorous actress added. 

"One day, Eva told me, 'We all rise with this,' and this ripple effect [after this movie] is one we will all feel in the best way." 

US actresses Eva Longoria (L) and Diana-Maria Riva pose for pictures© VALERIE MACON
US actresses Eva Longoria (L) and Diana-Maria Riva pose for pictures

Flamin' Hot is an adaptation of the memoirs of Richard Montanez, a former janitor who has always credited himself as the brainchild of the Flamin' Hot Cheetos phenomenon. 

However, Frito-Lay has disavowed Montanez's claim, attributing the snack's creation to Lynne Greenfield, a lower-tier employee, as per a Los Angeles Times investigation conducted in 2021. 

Eva Longoria arrives at the Women In Film Presents 2023 WIF Honors at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on November 30, 2023© Steve Granitz
Eva Longoria arrives at the Women In Film Presents 2023 WIF Honors at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on November 30, 2023

Flamin' Hot writer Linda told HELLO! that being honored by Women in Film, which is celebrating 50 years of fighting for gender equity in Hollywood, was "beautiful", as star Annie Gonzalez praised the organization for recognizing the need to "lift up" Latina voices with the decision to honor Eva, America and Linda. 

Linda Yvette Chavez, Eva Longoria and moderator Angelique Jackson speak onstage at the WIF Honors© Stefanie Keenan
Linda Yvette Chavez, Eva Longoria and moderator Angelique Jackson speak onstage at the WIF Honors
Annie Gonzalez at the 2023 WIF Honors held at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on November 30, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Variety via Getty Images)© Rich Polk
Annie Gonzalez at the 2023 WIF Honors held at The Ray Dolby Ballroom on November 30, 2023 in Los Angeles, California

Other guests at the event included songwriter Diane Warren, who wrote the song 'The Fire Inside' for Eva's film, and revealed that she "kept bugging" Eva to let her know when the film was ready for a soundtrack because she was so keen to work with the filmmaker. 

Diane, who infamously has never won an Oscar after 14 nominations, revealed that writing for the film came easy to her: "I wrote down the title as I watched the first cut, and there were two meanings - the Flamin' Hot Cheetos themselves, but also it's about passion to make something happen when every door slams – and  I lived that. I didn't know anyone in the film or music business, so I was always told I couldn't do it, so writing this, I was writing about myself too."

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US songwriter Diane Warren arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors © VALERIE MACON
US songwriter Diane Warren arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors
English actress Phoebe Dynevor arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors © VALERIE MACON
English actress Phoebe Dynevor arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors
Film director Catherine Hardwicke arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors © VALERIE MACON
Film director Catherine Hardwicke arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors
Danai Gurira arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors © VALERIE MACON
Danai Gurira arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors
Lili Reinhart arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors © VALERIE MACON
Lili Reinhart arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors
Lisa Edelstein © VALERIE MACON
Lisa Edelstein
America Ferrera arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors© VALERIE MACON
America Ferrera arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors
US actress Lake Bell arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors © VALERIE MACON
US actress Lake Bell arrives for the 2023 Women in Film Honors

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