Soul singer India Arie, 'American Pie' actress Natasha Lyonne and 'Boogie Nights' star Nicole Ari Parker were all among arrivals at the GEMS Benefit gala in New York City. The stars we snapped outside the side entrance to the venue pre-red carpet glamour. Natasha seemed a little shocked at all the photographers as she had only stepped out of the building for a smoke. She is asked if she would pose for a picture but seems a little reluctant. 'What is this? One minute! I just want to have a cigarette!' She said.
The gala was for the Girls Educational And Mentoring Services; a charity which helps victims of sex trafficking and exploitation reach their full potential in life after their traumas.