November 2013

Cindi Leive: Nonstop Days, a Red Carpet Night

On Monday, Cindi Leive, the editor in chief of Glamour magazine, was sitting in a mostly empty Carnegie Hall, discreetly sipping a smuggled-in container of coffee. She had just run through a rehearsal of her speech onstage for the magazine’s annual Women of the Year Awards due to start in a few hours, and was debating with a handful of her staff members the merits of using the word “Gaga-licious” in reference to the honoree Lady Gaga.

The speech needed tightening up. “I have to put Spanx on my speech,” the editor said.

The caffeine was a necessity. Ms. Leive had appeared earlier that morning on the “Today” show with two of the honorees, the philanthropist Melinda Gates, and the model Christy Turlington Burns, whose foundation works on issues of maternal health. Next was a taping with Katie Couric, again with Ms. Turlington Burns, and two other honorees, the model Liya Kebede, who also has a foundation devoted to making childbirth safer, and Kaitlin Roig-Debellis, a teacher from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Ms. Leive had started the day in a blue print Proenza Schouler dress, changed to a red Prabal Gurung for the second taping, and then reverted to the original outfit.

The rail-thin Ms. Leive, 46, who has a chic pixie haircut and broad smile, started her career at Glamour in 1988. She rose to deputy editor, and went on to become editor in chief at Self, another Condé Nast magazine. She returned to Glamour in 2001 for the top editor’s job.

In 1990, she was a lowly editorial assistant at the first Women of the Year event, which was held in the Rainbow Room. “I was nowhere near senior enough to score a seat,” she said, but added that she was thrilled to be assigned to escort Chai Ling, a protester in Tiananmen Square, which she noted at the time, “had happened five minutes ago.”

Glamour has booked its award dates for the event through 2017. This year, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards were scheduled for the same night, causing a calendar conflict among two of Condé Nast’s biggest publications and generating much gossip in the offices of the two magazines.

If Ms. Leive was irritated by the encroachment on her big night, she wasn’t saying. “We’ve worked with the CFDA to ensure that will never happen again,” she said in her characteristically upbeat manner. “It’s nice for everybody to get to go to both.” (One person who managed to do so on Monday was the Australian director Baz Luhrmann, who stayed at the Carnegie Hall event long enough to see his wife, Catherine Martin, get an award, then raced in a car across town to give a surprise tribute to Anna Wintour on her 25th anniversary as the editor of Vogue. There, he also complimented Diane von Furstenberg on the speech she had just given at Carnegie Hall, to which the designer first looked nonplused before realizing she had taped it in advance.)

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November 2013

Inspiring Moments from Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards

Inspiring Moments from Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards

Featuring: Lady Gaga, Cindi Leive, Seth Meyers, Gabby Giffords, Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates, Carissa Moore, America Ferrera, Malala Yousafzai, Lily Collins, Barbra Streisand, Liya Kebede, Christy Turlington Burns, Iman, and Katie Couric.

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Entertainment Tonight: Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Glamour’s annual Women of the Year Awards were held in New York City Monday night, and one of the honorees turned heads with her daring style. Unsurprisingly, it was Lady Gaga, who not only was celebrated as one of the honorees, but also graced the cover of the magazine’s Women of the Year issue.

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Behind the Scenes at Glamour’s Women of the Year Event

Only “Katie” takes you backstage at Glamour’s annual Women of the Year celebration to hear from honorees Lady Gaga, Lena Dunham, Malala Yousafzai and more! 

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At star-packed Glamour awards, Malala steals show

NEW YORK (AP) — There was a flamboyant pop star. A legendary singer. A TV star, some supermodels, and one of the world’s most powerful philanthropists. Even a former secretary of state who may soon be running for president.

But of all the prominent women who appeared onstage Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year awards, no one received more acclaim and adoration than a teenager whom no one had heard of little more than a year ago — 16-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.

“We love you, Malala!” shouted a group of young girls from a high balcony in Carnegie Hall, where the annual event was held. The teenager blew back a kiss, and proceeded to give an impassioned speech.

“I believe the gun has no power at all,” said Malala, who caught the world’s attention when the Taliban shot her in the head in October 2012 for criticizing the group’s interpretation of Islam, which limits girls’ access to education. She has since gained global prominence, has started The Malala Fund to support education for girls, and recently released a memoir, “I Am Malala.”

“I believe the gun has no power because a gun can only kill,” she said. “But a pen can give life.”

It wasn’t just the crowd that was taken with Malala; her fellow honorees referred to her often as they took the stage, and the night’s most flamboyant honoree, Lady Gaga, said she wished this month’s Glamour magazine cover, which features her, had been devoted to Malala instead.

“If I could forfeit my Glamour cover I would give it to Malala,” she said.

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7 Pieces Of Wisdom From Malala Yousafzai, Lady Gaga And The Rest Of Glamour’s 2013 Women Of The Year

“The world is waiting to hear from you. You are the women we are waiting for,” Barbra Streisand told the audience filling Carnegie Hall at last night’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Her words were just one of many calls to action made on that stage.

The night, which kicked off a campaign by Glamour to support The Malala Fund for girls’ education, honored 12 women including Malala Yousafzai, Lady Gaga, Gabby Giffords, Christy Turlington Burns and Melinda Gates, with introductions from women like Lena Dunham, Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington and Marina Abramovic. (Backstage we witnessed some of the most exciting power-chatting ever. Seeing emcee Seth Meyers crack jokes with Clinton and Katie Couric was certainly something to behold.)

There were moments during the ceremony that gave us chills (a crowd of high school girls yelled, “Thank you, Malala!” from the balcony; a children’s choir from Staten Island introduced Lady Gaga in song), ones that made us very glad we were wearing waterproof mascara (Sandy Hook Elementary teacher Kaitlin Roig-Debellis was joined on stage by nine of the mothers of children she helped save during the shooting last year in Newtown; Mark Kelly pointed out that three of the honorees had been directly impacted by gun violence), and ones that made us laugh out loud (Meyers quipped that the only reason women weren’t hosting the awards show was because they had “much more important things to do” than “light comedy”). Ultimately, it was impossible to leave Carnegie Hall not feeling inspired to do more.

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September 2013

Lenny Kravitz Tennis US Open 2013 Opening Ceremony “Are You Gonna Go My Way”

Lenny Kravitz performs “Are You Gonna Go My Way” for the US Open 2013 Opening Ceremonies. 

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July 2013

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Remember that time we went to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic? Yeah, Matthew McConaughey here, Dree Hemingway there… you get the idea. After tossing back just a few glasses of bubbly—both rosé and Yellow Label, bien sûr—we got busy and started snapping away with a few of our new friends from the event, as well as a hand-ful of Cov-alums. The result? Just hit play.

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