Glam­our meets pol­i­tics at Women of the Year awards

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SKY FULL OF STARS -

THERE WERE MOVIE stars and su­per­mod­els, TV hosts and pop stars. But per­haps the most rap­tur­ous ova­tion at Glam­our mag­a­zine’s an­nual Women of the Year awards went to 79-year-old Demo­cratic U.S. Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters of Cal­i­for­nia, who de­lighted the crowd with a rous­ing speech that ended on a very po­lit­i­cal note. “Im­peach him,” she ex­horted the au­di­ence. “Im­peach 45! Im­peach 45!”

Along­side Wa­ters, hon­orees at Mon­day evening’s cer­e­mony, held at a the­ater in Brook­lyn, in­cluded ac­tress Ni­cole Kid­man, singer Solange Knowles, late-night host Sa­man­tha Bee, model Gigi Ha­did, film di­rec­tor Patty Jenk­ins, and fash­ion de­signer Maria Grazia Chi­uri of Chris­tian Dior. Also hon­ored were record-set­ting as­tro­naut Peggy Whit­son, Syr­ian refugee and UNICEF am­bas­sador Mu­zoon Almelle­han and the many organisers of the Jan­uary women’s marches.

Kid­man, ac­cept­ing her award, noted it had been “an ex­tra­or­di­nary year — we’re in un­charted ter­ri­tory right now.” But she said she pre­ferred to cel­e­brate “all of us, and what makes us, us.” She thanked her par­ents, and then noted that she had “an ex­tra­or­di­nary hus­band,” singer Keith Ur­ban. “As much as I’m a strong woman, I need help and I need sup­port,” she said.

Along with the hon­orees, there were plenty of high­wattage pre­sen­ters: Ser­ena Wil­liams, for ex­am­ple, came to in­tro­duce her friend, Ha­did, not­ing that the su­per­model was one of only a very few peo­ple that could get her to leave her new baby, even for one night. Drew Bar­ry­more in­tro­duced Bee, and orig­i­nal Won­der Woman Lynda Carter in­tro­duced Won­der Woman di­rec­tor Jenk­ins. Singer-ac­tress Zen­daya, 21, in­tro­duced Wa­ters. Wa­ters told them that she didn’t just want them to vote - she wanted them to be­come po­lit­i­cally ac­tive. “I want you to do ev­ery­thing you can to get ready to run for of­fice,” she said.

As much as I’m a strong woman, I need help and I need sup­port.” Ni­cole Kid­man

Keith Ur­ban with Ni­cole Kid­man, who was hon­oured at the event

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