Glamour magazine honored a number of intelligent, innovative and inspiring women who strived to change the world and encouraged us to do the same at their annual ‘Women of The Year Awards’ on November 11. For the December issue of the magazine, the women share their stories and causes and show support for their fellow honorees. It’s a lot less shallow than what GQ did for their Men of The Year, don’t you think? Lady Gaga covers the mag, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, and though she complained about photoshopping, we think she looks really good here.
Though Gaga craves the “Applause,” she confessed that she thought Malala Yousafzai deserved to be on the cover more. Malala is like any other young girl her age, she loves watching television and hanging out with her friends, but her life changed on October 29, 2012 when a man boarded her school bus and shot her in the head, simply for wanting herself and other Pakistani girls to get an education. Not even a bullet could stop her, as she has written a book, ‘I Am Malala,’ and backs ‘The Malala Fund’ which aims to help educate girls all around the world. Along with Gaga’s ‘Born This Way Foundation,’ the two are helping to make this a better and safer place for young women all over the world.
Gabrielle Giffords and Malala have something unfortunate in common. The nation was shocked at the news that Giffords was shot in the head on January 8, 2011 while meeting with her supporters at a supermarket in Arizona. Her husband, and biggest supporter, retired U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut, Mark Kelly helped her to found the ARS, ‘Americans For Responsible Solutions,’ organization which hopes to reduce gun violence Giffords is slowly making progress, with the help of yoga, and is helped by not dwelling on what happened her to her. “Every day I’m reminded that life is a gift,” she says. “We cannot waste a single day fearing big challenges.”
Actress Kerry Washington has become something of a media darling this year. Her friend Alicia Keys chalks it up to “her rare combination of talent, humility, strength, and selflessness.” It’s this combination that makes her such a good actress, and a good person. With her new found influence, Washington has brought attention to issues such as violence against women and arts education. Something very important to a a Bronx born girl who studied at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City. While we all know her as the fast-talking, fabulous suit wearing Olivia Pope, Kerry says that acting hasn’t taken away her political side. Which is probably why she’s so great at playing a political game changer.
Glamour’s ‘Women of The Year’ issue is on newsstands now. You can read about more of the honorees, including Melinda Gates and supermodels Liya Kebede and Christy Turlington, on Glamour.com. If you’d like to donate to the ‘Women of The Year’ fund, you can do so here, with proceeds going to help ‘The Malala Fund.’