Glamour announced their 2017 Women of the Year on Monday, and this year, their “queens” are hoping to inspire change with their work and various platforms!
Nicole Kidman, Solange, Gigi Hadid, congresswoman Maxine Waters, late night TV host Samantha Bee, Dior‘s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Women’s March organizers, Syrian refugee and activist Muzoon Almellehan, director Patty Jenkins, and astronaut Peggy Whitson are all honored in the glossy, with a slew of them featured on the different covers.
While the imagery is truly beautiful, it was amazing to learn about all what inspires them, and how they can continue to be a voice for women around the world!
Nicole, for one, explained her promise to work with a female director every 18 months:
“As an actor you’re only as good as the things you’re offered. And there just weren’t any women offering me things. So when you dissect that, you realize there aren’t women offering you things because they don’t have the opportunities. I work to raise money for women’s cancers; I use my voice for violence against women. And so I was like, ‘I need to be part of the movement that will, hopefully, change the statistics in my field.’ My nine-year-old daughter wants to be a director right now. Her whole attitude is ‘The world’s my oyster.’ She doesn’t realize that it’s actually not.”
But with women like Nicole so aware, hopefully change will happen!
“Well, Keith always says to me, ‘You stay raw and sensitive, and I’ll buffer things for you,’ which is a beautiful offering. He is always told, ‘You’re so tough.’ And he says, ‘That’s not what I want for you, Nicole. You don’t need to get a thick skin.'”
And in Solange’s interview, she shared her views of what it is to be a woman and feminist:
“I think of my mother; she has been the force of womanhood through my entire life, and I cannot thank her enough for all the sacrifices she made for us to exist as we exist today. I also credit pioneers like Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, and Kelis, who have done the work and shared a wealth of information. Merely existing every day as a black woman in this country is a form of activism. Cardi B is an activist; she’s my feminist icon.”
For Gigi, she credits both her parents for making her who she is:
“I was obviously very blessed growing up… When I started working in fashion, it was like, ├óΓé¼╦£Gigi, the all-American.’ I was very much that ├óΓé¼╦£girl next door,’ but if you read my interviews, I always talk about my parents’ cultural backgrounds.”
The social media star also added how important it is for her to use her platform to speak up about politics!
Congresswoman Waters isn’t apologizing for her opinions either:
“They have not seen or heard elected officials openly defy the order of things and speak directly in the way that I have done. I am speaking very directly, and aggressively, without apology. It’s my dislike for bullies who get away with making other people’s lives miserable├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥that compels me to act.”
Samantha feels similarly, confessing:
“I’ve spent decades trying to wear the right outfit to an audition, trying to express myself in the perfect manner, trying to impress people, and I just don’t want to do it anymore. I no longer care about being rejected.”
Read on for more HIGHlights from the Women of the Year (below)!
Chiuri, who has worked with many fashion powerhouses over the years, takes issue with anyone who doesn’t want to be a feminist: “Before, nobody used the word feminist because they thought it was a bad word. The problem sometimes comes from women themselves. The say, ‘Oh no, I’m not a feminist.’ But do they know what it means? The word means equal opportunity. You can be both feminist and feminine. Why not?”
Wonder Woman‘s Patty on her dream: “To inspire — even more so, to touch — others as these heroes touched me? That is living the dream.”
Peggy on being a leader: “On a six-month mission, it’s not if you make a mistake; it’s how you handle i. What did you learn from it? How do you communicate it so other people won’t make the same mistake? How can you use it to make yourself or your team better?”
Muzoon on using her voice as an education activist: “As soon as I started to use my voice, I found it was powerful. My campaign drew attention from organizations like UNICEF. They started to help me reach even more people.”
National organizer for the Women’s March, Sarah Sophie Flicker on being passionate: “I know that anger is exhausting├óΓé¼┬ªand if we rely solely on our rage, we will only show up when things are at their worst. When we rely on love, our love for ourselves, the future, for humanity, we can keep showing up from a place of passion and heart.”
So inspiring! Ch-ch-check out some of the covers (below):
For the past 27 years, Glamour├óΓé¼Γäós Women of the Year Awards has honored game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers. This year├óΓé¼Γäós class of extraordinary women is no exception. Meet the queens of 2017: Nicole Kidman, Solange Knowles, Gigi Hadid, Maxine Waters, Samantha Bee, Maria Grazia Chiuri, the organizers of the Women├óΓé¼Γäós March, Muzoon Almellehan, Patty Jenkins, and Peggy Whitson. Long may they reign. Tap the #linkinbio to read more on all 10 of this year├óΓé¼Γäós honorees.A post shared by Glamour Magazine (@glamourmag) on Oct 30, 2017 at 5:30am PDT
[Image via Drew Altizer/Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]