Soul singer MARY J. BLIGE is to be honoured by the cosmetics industry - she has been named as the first recipient of the Positively Beautiful Award.
The No More Drama hitmaker has been singled out for praise by the HBA Global Expo, a product development event for cosmetic, fragrance and skin care companies.
Blige will be presented with the honour on Tuesday (15Sep09) at the Javits Center in New York.
The Positively Beautiful prize has been created to recognise stars who have a positive and inspiring influence on the lives of the cosmetics industry's customers.
Blige has been honoured for her music career, as well as her charity work.
Jill Birkett, event director of HBA Global Expo, says, "Mary J. Blige has influenced and inspired millions of people with her music and talent. We are extremely proud to present Ms. Blige with the first Positively Beautiful award and recognise the beauty of her commitment to the empowerment of disadvantaged women."