Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Glamour Magazine's Toast to Fabulous Women

On November 7, 2011 Glamour magazine announced its 2011 Women of the Year awards. Eleven honorees spanning entertainment, business, art, fashion and politics were celebrated at a gala event at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In honor of the event’s 21st anniversary, Glamour also staged a special tribute to 21 young women, all 25 or younger, who are already changing the world. L’OrĂ©al Paris was the title sponsor of that awards celebration.

The 2011 Women of the Year were profiled in the December issue of Glamour, on newsstands November 8. The awards ceremony included a star-studded list of presenters and a special musical performance by Debbie Harry and Theophilus London. What’s more: For five consecutive years, Glamour has raised money for extraordinary philanthropic organizations through the Glamour Women of the Year Fund initiative. This year, working with Vital Voices Global Partnership, the fund initiative supports the groundbreaking efforts of Esraa Abdel Fattah.
Glamour’s Women of the Year advisory board, made up of past honorees, helped choose the following women:
·Jennifer Lopez, The All-Star—In one year, Lopez has managed to go from superstar to superbrand, thanks to American Idol, her new album, Love? and her blockbuster clothing line for Kohl’s. Lopez has conquered everything from TV, music and film, to the fashion and beauty industries. The mother of three-year-old twins, she also started the Maribel Foundation to improve the health of women and children by using new technology to link patients to top medical specialists.
Donatella Versace presented the award.

·Chelsea Handler, The Queen of the Night—Handler is the only woman to ever succeed as a late-night-comedy host. Her E! show, Chelsea Lately, pulls in an average of one million viewers nightly, and her books have simultaneously held the number one, two and three spots on the New York Times best-seller list. She has an upcoming sitcom, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, in the works. Jennifer Aniston presented the award.

Lea Michele, The Diva Next Door—As Rachel Berry on Glee, Michele has used her killer voice and acting chops to help turn the show into a juggernaut: 2011 brought a sold-out cast tour, best-selling DVDs and the distinction of smashing the Beatles’ record for most songs on Billboard’s Top 100 at once. She will soon be on the big screen in New Year’s Eve and in the animated Dorothy of Oz. Jonathan Groff presented the award.

·Laura Bush and her daughters, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush, The Generations Award—This trio has become a powerful advocate of women, children and the world’s neediest. Mrs. Bush is the driving force behind women’s programs in Afghanistan and the just-launched $75 million Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon campaign for cervical and breast cancer care in Africa. Jenna has promoted AIDS awareness and helped raise more than half a million dollars for UNICEF, while Barbara founded Global Health Corps to improve medical care in poor communities worldwide.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presented the award.

·Special Recognition: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, The Undaunted—In 2002, at just 32, she was the youngest woman ever elected to her state’s senate, and just four years later Arizona voters sent her to the U.S. House of Representatives. Since the January shooting that almost took her life and killed six others, Rep. Giffords, aided by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, has focused her efforts on her brave climb back from her head injury. The couple’s memoir, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, was released November 15.
Diane Sawyer presented to Gabby's husband who accepted the award on her behalf.

·Tory Burch, The Fashion Force—Burch has pulled off one of the quickest rises in fashion history, with her elegant tunics and T-logo ballet flats propelling her to a $330 million-a-year brand. With 60 stores worldwide, industry insiders predict her revenue will jump an eye-popping 52 percent in 2011. She empowers women through her Tory Burch Foundation, which offers microloans and mentoring to American women.
Jessica Alba presented the award.

Arianna Huffington, The Visionary—The Huffington Post, launched by Arianna in 2005, became one of the most visited news sites on the Web in just five short years. In February 2011, Huffington brokered the splashiest merger of the year, selling to AOL for $315 million and taking editorial control of a media giant that reaches more than 225 million visitors worldwide. Barbara Walters presented the award.

·Lifetime Achievement Award: Gloria Steinem, The Woman Who Started It All—In the 1960s, Steinem galvanized the women’s movement and crusaded for equal pay, equal rights and reproductive freedom. By 1971 she had cofounded the National Women’s Political Caucus and helped launch Ms. magazine. Today, she’s still influencing young women via a recent HBO film, Gloria: In Her Own Words, and by staying out front on important issues such as gay rights and sexual harassment.
Anita Hill presented the award.

Cindy Sherman, The Art Superstar—One of the world’s most successful artists, Sherman is known for taking nuanced photos of herself dressed up as female “types,” everything from the Hollywood sexpot to a buttoned-up housewife. Her work can be found in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, on album covers, and in fashion shoots. In May, one of her 1981 Centerfold prints sold for $3.89 million, the most ever paid at auction for a photo.
Marc Jacobs presented the award.

·WOTY Fund Winner Egypt’s “Facebook Girl” Esraa Abdel Fattah, The World Changer—She earned her nickname in 2008, when the Facebook group she started to support a textile workers’ strike attracted 74,000 followers—and eventually landed her in jail. On January 25, she and 20 other young people began a march toward the center of Cairo. Soon hundreds and then thousands of others joined them until they grew 10,000 strong, surging into Tahrir Square to make history. Over the next 18 days, she live-updated on Facebook and tweeted her experiences in the square. The revolt she helped organize toppled President Hosni Mubarak. She has since founded a nonprofit to ensure that women keep their rights in the new Egypt and to train women to become political leaders.
Kerry Washington presented the award.

Withelma “T” Ortiz-Macey, The Bravest Truth-Teller—At the age of 10, after living in more than 14 foster homes, Ortiz-Macey, known as T, was forced to stand on an Oakland street and sell herself. Since escaping this life at 17, she has dedicated herself to telling her story and has mentored more than 100 girls forced into prostitution. She is becoming one of the nation’s most effective voices, working with the Rebecca Project for Human Rights to speak to officials at the White House and in Congress to raise awareness about the sex trafficking of children in the U.S. As a result, the President’s budget, for the first time ever, proposed funding to combat domestic sex trafficking.
Mayor Cory Booker presented the award.

21 Years, 21 Young Women—To celebrate the 21st anniversary of Women of the Year, Glamour recognized 21 young women who are already making a huge difference in the world. Among these honorees are Shree Bose, a 17-year-old who is doing groundbreaking research on ovarian cancer; Katherine Bomkamp, a 19-year-old who invented a prosthetic device to eliminate phantom-limb pain in amputees; Taryn Guerrero Davis, a 25-year-old who lost her soldier-husband in the Iraq war and created the American Widow Project, which provides support for 3,000 other military widows; and Kathryn Gray, a 10-year-old who is the youngest person in history to ever discover a supernova. Emma Stone introduced them.
For more information on all the honorees, visit

About Glamour’s Women of the Year: It’s the premiere event honoring women from the United States and around the world. Past honorees include Madonna, Meg Whitman, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, Susan Sarandon, Maya Angelou, Geraldine Ferraro, Jane Goodall, Katie Couric, Carolina Herrera, First Lady Michelle Obama and Venus Williams.

About the Women of the Year Fund initiative: For five years, the magazine has encouraged its 12 million readers to contribute to charities supported by the Women of the Year Fund initiative at Readers can watch their contributions make a difference in the pages of Glamour. Past initiatives have helped girls and young women in Yemen, Uganda, Pakistan and Southeast Asia.

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