Glamour's 2016 Women Of The Year Honors Ashley Graham, Zendaya, Simon Biles, And More

"For the woman who actually can look in the mirror and say, 'I love you, I mean it.' "

At its annual Women of the Year Awards, Glamour magazine honored a collection of the world's most empowering women, from "The Record Breaker" Simone Biles to "The Voice for Girls," Zendaya. 

Additionally, the magazine named its first Man of the Year, Bono, the co-founder of ONE and creator of Poverty Is Sexist, "a campaign specifically aimed at helping the world's poorest women." 

Previous years' honorees have included, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Lena Dunham, Julia Roberts, Ellen DeGeneres, and Michelle Obama. 

Last night, guests gathered to celebrate the honorees and their accomplishments for an evening that featured a performance from Demi Lovato, brilliant honoree speeches, and a tribute to Hillary Clinton. 

Check out some of the highlights below, including some wise words from honoree Ashley Graham and #BlackLivesMatter founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.


"This is for the girl who got into a bikini for the first time this year ... for the woman who actually can look in the mirror and say, 'I love you, I mean it,' " said honoree Ashley Graham in her acceptance speech.

In 2016, Ashley Graham became the first size 16 model to land the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, and starred in an H&M campaign that featured her as a model, not a "plus-size" model. Graham has also been incredibly vocal in advocating body-positivity: in October, she told her "Body Story" to Shape magazine, detailing how she's learned to love her strong, sexy body, despite haters. 

"She was the first woman to win a major party nomination. The first woman to win the popular vote for the presidency. We talk about glass ceilings — Hillary Rodham Clinton may not have shattered it, but what she did do, was this," Tracee Ellis Ross began in a tribute thanking Hillary Clinton.

Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Dunham and Chelsea Handler were among those celebrity guests who gathered onstage to thank Hillary Clinton for her work with a beautiful tribute speech set to Jack Antonoff's guitar music

"They channeled our collective anger, frustration, grief, and determination into action. And in doing so, these women have fundamentally altered the course of civil rights in America," said Shonda Rhimes, before introducing the founders of Black Lives Matter, honorees Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

"The morning after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Alicia Garza, 35, took to Facebook with her sorrow ... Patrisse Cullors, 33, shared the posts, spontaneously hashtagging them #BlackLivesMatter," it says in a Glamour story about the event. "Tometi, 32, saw the hashtag and reached out to Garza, and volunteered to build a digital platform — the three women, all activists, wanted to find a way to bring people together. With that, a rallying cry for a new generation was born."

Following their acceptance speech at the awards ceremony, Garza, Cullors, and Tometi asked the audience to repeat after them: "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains." 

"There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, and unless we address this problem, both men and women together, our world will continue down this misogynistic, violent, and impoverished path," Bono said during his acceptance speech.

During his speech, which can be read in full here, Bono said that "the real reason that I'm here is because one of the — really one of the tiny few awards that caused real excitement in our house and actually stopped the usual dinner conversation and started what my daughters think of as the only conversation — about there being 130 million girls that are not going to school, a conversation where right here in the United States of America, women make 80 cents to a man's dollar." 

Later, he called out "to the president-elect: Look across to women. Make equality a priority. It is the only way forward. The train is leaving the station. Be on it or be under it." 

"To girls everywhere, I am with you," Freida Pinto, Amber Heard and Gabourey Sidibe read the letters from Stanford sexual assault case survivor and honoree, Emily Doe.

Stanford sexual assault survivor, identified simply as Emily Doe, read a powerful letter to her attacker in court — and the world will not forget it.

"Within four days, her statement had been viewed 11 million times; it was read aloud on CNN and the floor of Congress, it says in the Glamour article. "Rape hotlines experienced surges in both calls and offers of volunteer help. And importantly, California closed the loophole that had allowed lighter sentences in cases where the victim is unconscious or severely intoxicated."

Last night, Freida Pinto, Amber Heard, and Gabourey Sidibe helped honor Doe as one of the 2016 Women of the Year by reading her letters and addressing her directly. 

Read more about Glamour's Women of the Year, including "The Woman Who Stood Up To ISIS," Nadia Murad, here, and check out details from the award ceremony here


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