Pol­i­tics, em­pow­er­ment fuse at Glam­our awards

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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.

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