Also given the title were Reese Witherspoon (the December issue’s cover star), ballerina Misty Copeland, Victoria Beckham, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes (and the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world), the US Women’s Soccer Team, and the peacemaking Women of Charleston.
Dubbed the “Transgender Champion,” Jenner’s coming out earlier this year marked and important and revolutionary moment for LGBT advocacy. Glamour writes about Jenner’s struggle with gender identity, and she reflects upon publicly transitioning.
Between being hounded by the paparazzi and having to hide out in her Malibu mansion, Jenner felt the weight of the world on her shoulders as she decided whether or not to keep her secret, or put an end to it all.
“I thought, ‘OK, you transition, big deal! You are still alive. You have to make your life interesting.’ ”
Glamour writes in part:
Caitlyn decided to live. She knew it wouldn’t be easy. She had two skeptical audiences to contend with: the millions of fans of multiple iterations of Bruce, both Olympic savior to a nation and beleaguered patriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan; and the transgender community she was suddenly meant to represent.
“But I started thinking, Maybe this is why God put me on earth,” [Jenner] says. “This issue has been swept under the rug for so long. I need to tell this story on the highest level you can possibly do it. Not just for me but for this entire community.”
As for her words of wisdom:
Gamble, cheat, lie, and steal. Let me explain: Gamble for your best shot in life—dare to take risks. Cheat those who would have you be less than you are. Lie in the arms of those you love. And finally, steal every moment of happiness.
These eight amazing women will be honored at the Women of the Year Awards ceremony on Nov. 9 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Amy Schumerwill open the ceremony, while Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding will perform.
In addition, in honor of the 25th anniversary, the Empire State Building will be lit in Glamour‘s signature pink on the night of the awards, and Mayor Bill de Blasio will proclaim Nov. 9 the Women of the Year Day.
Glamour‘s December issue hits newsstands Nov. 10.