Last night Glamour magazine celebrated their annual Women of the Year Awards at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The evening honored courageous women and celebrities like Jenna Lyons, Missy Franklin, and Selena Gomez for their charity and progressive leadership. It was full of surprises too.
Typically shy Chelsea Clinton wore Mary Katrantzou and 79-year-old US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg offered hilarious commentary on fashion. “The judiciary is not a profession that ranks high among the glamorously–attired,” she noted.
It was a night of girl power in the very best way.
As they do every year, Glamour invited a whole balcony’s worth of star-performing college girls from the tri-state area. It was the perfect environment for a good cry and a good laugh—and both were offered in full supply. Tears welled when Pakistani documentarist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy took the stage to accept an award for her work on Face Time, the Oscar-winning documentary that focuses on acid violence in her native country. She brought with her one of the film’s most battered figures and together they presented a short video in honor of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old schoolgirl that was shot by the Taliban last month.
But there were also happier, slightly misbehaving moments—-and who better to deliver them than the queen of ironic raunch, Lena Dunham. She teetered onto the stage in platform gold stilettos, and in true Dunham fashion, took them off mid-acceptance speech to focus on the task at hand. “It was never going to go OK that way,” she said of the towering shoes, later moving on to topics like Obama, women’s reproductive rights, Spanx, and her late mentor Nora Ephron.
Even Anna Wintour made an appearance to present Annie” Leibovitz with her award. The Chanel tweed and perfect bob were there, but an icy glare was not. Instead, Wintour recalled fond memories of working with Leibowitz over the past two decades. We learned that Wintour’s photographic instructions sometimes land on “deaf ears” and that while many celebrities dream of being photographed by Leibowitz, “Annie doesn’t always share those dreams.”
Some other tidbits: Olympian gymnast Gabby Douglas is as petite as her moniker ‘flying squirrel’ suggests; architect Zaha Hadid and Pharrell Williams are BFF; and Selena Gomez was dry-eyed despite her split from Justin Bieber.