Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon Among Glamour’s Women of the Year
Glamour Magazine unveiled its list of honorees for its annual Women of the Year Awards, where the publication celebrates various inspirational and impactful women, ranging from celebrities and athletes to those involved in politics and business. This year’s list includes Reese Witherspoon, Caitlyn Jenner, ballerina Misty Copeland and more.
Glamour’s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive said, "Since 1990, Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards have saluted the planet’s most remarkable female leaders, and tonight’s winners are no exception. They have been inspired and led by the generations of Women of the Year before them, and Glamour is thrilled to celebrate their passion.”
Honoree Reese Witherspoon, who also landed Glamour's December cover, co-founded a new production company called Pacific Standard, which deals with film projects that put women at the forefront.
The actress also spoke about her initial hesitance to take her famous role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She said, "I was debating whether to do Legally Blonde, and I saw this interview with Gloria Steinem about how important Goldie Hawn's role in Private Benjamin was for women; by the end of the movie, the character socked her fiancé in the face at the altar because he didn't understand who she'd become through her journey. I was like, ‘I feel like Gloria Steinem told me to do Legally Blonde. That's how Elle Woods is too!' She starts out thinking she's gonna follow a man, but in the end she's like, ‘I don't need you.’"
Misty Copeland, who became the first African American ballerina to reach principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater and recently starred in a viral video for Estelle's single "Conqueror," also made the list. She told Glamour, "Generations of black women and men didn't have a fair chance in the ballet world; it's still difficult to be ‘other.’ Understanding that made me want to speak up and represent what so many couldn't.”
Caitlyn Jenner is also being honored for her ongoing mission to educate the public about the transgender community, while remaining unflinchingly open and honest about transitioning, herself.
New York City’s Empire State Building will be lit up pink on November 9, and Mayor Bill De Blasio will dedicate the day as Women of the Year Day during a ceremony that will celebrate the honorees.
See the full list of honorees over at Glamour.
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