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2012 November 13

Inspiration, Thanks To Glamour's "Women of The Year Awards"

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(NEW YORK) Carnegie Hall's arguably most emotional night of the year is when Glamour's "Women of The Year" Awards arrive each November, and the 2012 edition was certainly no exception.
 
Some recap action, in no particular order: Design whiz extraordinaire Zaha Hadid (so cool, she's even got a dame title before her name) was this year's "Architect-in-Chief, stepping out for the occasion in a kooky, stiff, cape-sleeved white lace gown. The "Generations" award went to Rory and Ethel Kennedy, for this year's "Generations Award," with a third of Ethel's 30 (!) grandkids in tow for the occasion. The youngest duo of tots upped the cute factor upon getting antsy midway through the Kennedy ladies' acceptance speeches and subsequently crawling around on stage for the following few minutes. Diane von Furstenberg introed Oscar-winning filmmaker for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy whose harrowing doc, Saving Face, tells the tale of disfiguring acid attacks. More than a few tears resulted from the video on Obaid-Chinoy that followed DvF's words.

Anna Wintour trotted out her bob and skirtsuit to present iconic shutterbug Annie Leibovitz with the year's "Visionary" award. "Every sitting, every portrait, every story has involved 'the call', which would be a conversation with Annie about what we were going to get from the picture, which would usually end with me under the distinct impression that everything I have said has landed on deaf ears. She is brilliantly determined in her pursuit of her vision," said Wintour of Leibovitz. As the crowd's quiet laughter died down,  "We all want to work with Annie time and time again, because she is an original."  

Lauren Hutton was in presenter mode to bestow J.Crew's Jenna Lyons with an award for "Fashion Original"; the match was due, in part, to Hutton's backstory as a J. Crew catalogue gal. "I was 47, and I'd been doing Barneys pictures, because Steven Meisel was smart enough to figure out that it doesn't mean you're automatically dead at that age. There wasn't a 37-year-old model at the time, much less a 47-year-old. It was a joke!" Despite booking gigs at relatively riper ages, Hutton's best days were in her youth. "[Modeling] is like playing the violin: you need practice!" 
 For Lyons, who gave a particularly awesome acceptance speech, her history with Glamour runs deep. "Oh, my God, yes! I was obsessed with magazines in general when I was young—and Glamour's been a part of my life since I was 14, 15, or 16 years old, which was the earliest I remember reading magazines at all. And now I'm going to be in the magazine!" 

Lauren Hutton was in presenter mode to bestow J.Crew's Jenna Lyons with an award for "Fashion Original"; the match was due, in part, to Hutton's backstory as a J. Crew catalogue gal. "I was 47, and I'd been doing Barneys pictures, because Steven Meisel was smart enough to figure out that it doesn't mean you're automatically dead at that age. There wasn't a 37-year-old model at the time, much less a 47-year-old. It was a joke!" Despite booking gigs at relatively riper ages, Hutton's best days were in her youth. "[Modeling] is like playing the violin: you need practice!" 

For Lyons, who gave a particularly awesome acceptance speech, her history with Glamour runs deep. "Oh, my God, yes! I was obsessed with magazines in general when I was young—and Glamour's been a part of my life since I was 14, 15, or 16 years old. And now I'm going to be in the magazine!" Indeed, cheri.

Riffing on one of the words Dunham most often gets attached to—brave—presenter (and 2011 "Woman of the Year") Chelsea Handler recounted her first experience watching Girls, which involved Doritos and an immediate reaction of "now, that's one brave bitch!" Handler also felt compelled to call out the Girls multipronged talent's nude moments.  "She's got humility, hilarity, and heart—and she does it all naked!" That trifecta of emotions were on full display as Dunham took the stage. Highlights? An open request for life advice from fellow winner Selena Gomez and a mid-sentence announcement 45 seconds into her speech that Dunham simply had to take her shoes off—"I was gone before I even started!" Dunham exclaimed of the offending heels to jovial hoot-punctuated applause. 

Gomez then nabbed the "Independent Spirit" accolade, bestowed by Ethan Hawke, her costar in the upcoming flick Getaway. Besides getting cool-dad points from his kids, Hawke professed: "I've learned so many Disney factoids I will be keeping secret" in the process of filming the movie. 

And then, in homage to Nora Ephron, Joy Behar introduced a reading of Ephron's 1996 Wellesley commencement speech at her alma mater, brought to life by Cynthia Nixon alongside Mamie and Grace Gumer, daughters of Ephron's close friend Meryl Streep. Finally, Mary J. Blige presented a slew of gold medal Olympians with "The Unstoppables" award. "They're strong, confident, little boys and girls look up to them, and that's powerful," Blige said of the superstar athletes.

And with that, another year's worth of inspiring women to emulate and/or obsess over further, thanks to Glamour. 
ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV 




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