Politics, empowerment fuse at Glamour awards
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 — including hundreds of cheering girls — 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, N.Y., included actress Nicole Kidman, singer Solange Knowles, latenight 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 organizers of the January women’s marches.
Though this was the 27th year of the Glamour awards, there was a different vibe this time around, noted Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief.
“There’s a feeling in the air,” she said. She didn’t have to explain that she was referring to the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal and the subsequent cascade of allegations in Hollywood and elsewhere, with both women and men coming forward to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment, assault or misconduct.
“This is a singular moment for women,” Leive said. “I am so glad that we get to seize it.”
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., spoke at Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Awards on Monday.