Kim Kardashian honoured her longtime friend Mario Dedivanovic at the 2019 American Influencer Awards on Monday night.
The reality star made a surprise appearance at the ceremony held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to present the Artist Achievement Award to her make-up artist.
Kim has worked with the 36-year-old for more than 10 years, and the duo has collaborated on several projects together, including their first make-up collection last year.
Taking to the stage at the American Influencer Awards wearing a vintage red Dior dress and Manolo Blahnik heels, Kim paid tribute to her close friend before handing the gong to a visibly emotional Mario.
“I love him! No one deserves this award more than him. I’m so beyond proud of him!” the 39-year-old later wrote on her Instagram Stories, alongside pictures from the event.
The mother-of-four recently announced her second collection with Mario, the KKW x Mario: Artist and Muse collection, which was inspired by their lengthy professional relationship.
“With this collection and campaign (which consists of some of my all-time favourite shades and textures) I wanted to personally honour her and to thank her on behalf of every boy and girl out there who’s life she’s touched in some way. She is my muse and she is our muse,” he wrote on social media.
The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, lipliner, and lipsticks. Items feature images of Kim and Mario on the chic packaging, with the whole set to launch on 22 November.
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