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Leave it to Russell Simmons to have the most beautiful and graceful woman in the universe as his red carpet date!

Last night, while the TV stars were glamming up to hit the red carpet at the 2012 Emmy Awards, Uncle Rush and Miss Universe Leila Lopes were on hand to celebrate a good cause. 

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Russell and Leila showed up to support the 2nd Annual South-South Awards at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York, during the High-Level Segment of this year’s 67th Session of the General Assembly.

The South-South Awards celebrate E-Government and Sustainable Tourism, and the people who make both possible. Leila was honored with an award for promoting sustainable tourism. She is also the UNCCD Drylands Ambassador meaning she is charged with helping raise international awareness about desertification, land degradation and drought, causes and possible solutions. 

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Russell looked dapper as usual in a black suit, bow tie and his signature shell toe adidas, but was completely out shined by Leila’s stunning silhouette in a back-bearing black gown with exaggerated shoulders. 

Miss Lopes is surely a catch! 

Check out the photos of the two getting chummy in style in the gallery above.