Jenna Lyons, the president of the fashion brand J. Crew, is a celebrated style icon today. But, as she put it: “I know what it feels like not to be beautiful. I remember that feeling.”
Ms. Lyons was speaking to a room of women who may or may not know what that is like: celebrities, media bigwigs and the editorial assistants in attendance at Glamour magazine’s 2012 Women of the Year Awards, held Monday evening at Carnegie Hall.
Outside the venue women in gowns greeted one another, before some of them took a stroll down the red carpet. Among the boldfaced females being dubbed the Women of the Year by the magazine were actress and pop-star paramour Selena Gomez; photographer and fashion-world power player Annie Leibovitz; and “Girls” creator and cultural maelstrom Lena Dunham.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour presented Ms. Leibovitz with her award. Working with the photographer always involves “the call,” Ms. Wintour said. “It could be a conversation with Annie about what we’re hoping to get with the picture, which will usually end with me having the distinct impression that everything I’ve said has fallen on deaf ears. Sometimes it’s an editor telling me the shoot is going in a somewhat different discussion than we’d discussed. But Annie is an original and determined in pursuit of her vision.”
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