The 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards was full of winners, recognizing a host of inspiring ladies including a supermodel (Gigi Hadid), an astronaut (Peggy Whitson), a congresswoman (Maxine Waters), a Syrian refugee (Muzoon Almellehan), an Oscar winner (Nicole Kidman), and an astronaut to name but a few. The ceremony, held Monday at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, felt particularly relevant in the wake of this year’s Women’s March on Washington and the slew of sexual assault stories dominating recent headlines.
The ceremony also got off to a running start as We Should All Be Feminists author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie presented Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri with the Fashion Force award. “After my first novel was published years ago, I discovered that women who wanted to be taken seriously as intellectuals could not also be interested in fashion,” Adichie said. “Women had to be a single thing, and so I pretended not to like fashion. I wore clothes I hated because I thought they made me look serious. Had I then the confidence that I have now, I would have worn exquisitely feminine dresses like this one from Dior.” Adichie, of course, lent the famous letters that emblazon Chiuri’s “We Should All Be Feminists” slogan tees that came down Dior’s Spring 2017 runway. “Putting words on a T-shirt will not change the world, but words do matter,” Adichie said. “Words raise awareness, words start conversations, and conversations can begin the process of change.”
This was underscored when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times journalists who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment and abuse, took the stage. “When we stood with our bosses in the investigative unit at the Times and pushed the publish button, we had no idea what would happen,” Twohey told the audience members. They then introduced Anita Hill, Ann Cardenas, Aly Raisman, and Cameron Russell, four women who came forward to speak out against men who had sexually harassed and abused them, before inviting those in the crowd for whom sexual assault bore personal significance—whether it happened to them or to someone they loved—to stand. The audience numbered in the several thousands, and nearly all rose to their feet.
Many of the honorees dressed with a similarly empowering message in mind. Kidman, for instance, was resplendent in Dior’s tulle bustier dress with fledgling embroidery. “I’m wearing wings tonight,” she said when accepting the Icon award. “Even if your wings have been clipped, you can build them back up and you can fly.” President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards echoed this sentiment when she said, “Yes, you can be proud about finding the right pair of boots for fall and the right pair of boots to wear to the Women’s March”.
Here are pictures from the red carpet, enjoy!
Story Source: Vogue.com
Image Credit: Glamour.com