Maria Shriver put on yet another one of her brave faces today.

Fresh from a stoic appearance at the taping of pal Oprah Winfrey's send-off special, Arnold Schwarzenegger's jet-setting estranged wife was back in Beverly Hills Thursday to see their 21-year-old daughter Katherine be honored by the youth-education nonprofit A Place Called Home at its GirlPower Awards Luncheon.

Yeah, that might not really be Arnold's kind of scene...

While no one was marring the celebratory occasion with talk of her family turmoil, Katherine opened up to E! News about what compelled her to write her book about female self-esteem and empowerment, Rock What You've Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty From Someone Who's Been There and Back.

"I just really wanted to be able to share my stories and my personal experiences with every young girl," she said. "We can all relate to everything that we're going through and I really wanted to break down the barriers and have girls talk about it, and be relatable about it."

Her motto is, "Be true to yourself and stay who you are, always."

"Even today," Katherine said, "you still kind of go back and forth with having the inner strength to be yourself and stay true to who you are, and your values and beliefs."

You said it, sister.

"I was able to talk to my mom about absolutely everything and that was an amazing gift that I had," Katherine, the oldest of four, added, "but I think a lot of girls don't have that."

While Shriver was there for her daughter's big moment, she stayed relatively under the radar. But the other ladies in attendance were more outspoken in their praise for the young lady today.

"She's younger than me, but I look up to her," said E! Investigates host Laura Ling, another of the day's honorees.

"She's extraordinary," added former Entertainment Tonight host Leeza Gibbons.

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