Glamour’s annual Women of the Year Awards has always celebrated the strong pioneer, including those who have set out on new journeys, played by their own rules and made significant progress in unchartered territories. The 2017 awards ceremony was recently held at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, and what a memorable event it was. From an astronaut to a congresswoman to a fashion label’s creative director, Glamour cast its net wide and pulled in ten super female achievers.
Maxine Waters was presented Glamour’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by singer-actress Zendaya, and the US Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district gave an amazing speech and pep talk. She encouraged the young women millennials in the audience to run for political office to empower change. Congresswoman Waters also hinted at the sexual assault scandals rocking Hollywood and the nation, telling her audience to never be intimidated by anyone and to take their power back. Listen to Rep. Water’s rousing speech here.
Alongside Waters, other honorees featured Solange Knowles for The Artist Award. Knowles talked to the crowd about being on the journey and shooting for the moon. She sincerely spoke about her own path as being one of trauma, pain and rage but also a journey that has developed into work, art and her voice. She is eternally grateful for the uplifting from others and applauded Glamour magazine for selecting strong honorees for 2017 and all women out there who are “just being, existing in their own truths.” It was a powerful acceptance speech, and you can hear more here.
Super athlete and new mom Serena Williams presented an award to model Gigi Hadid. Anita Hill was also introduced at the awards show by two New York Times reporters and 2017 Glamour award recipients who broke the Weinstein story — Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Hill was one of four women brought out on to the stage for speaking out against sexual harassment or assault. The ladies all looked lovely at Glamour‘s 2017 Women of the Year Awards. Rep. Waters was graceful in a black lace peplum suit at age 79, and Knowles stole the show in a bold yellow Jean Paul Gaultier couture dress with “statement shoulders, ruched detailing and a glamorous, thigh-high slit.”