Glamour Women Of The Year Awards Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lena Dunham, Zaha Hadid And Others

A female Supreme Court justice, a Disney Channel starlet, the world’s preeminent female architect, five female Olympians and a woman famous for eating cupcakes naked on TV walk into Carnegie Hall. No, that’s not the best and weirdest dream we’ve ever had; it actually happened Monday night at the Glamour Women of the Year 2012 awards. We have the pictures to prove it.

The evening, hosted by Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive, kicked off with Katie Couric and Andy Cohen playing a game of “Celebrity” on stage. Then Arianna snuck up behind Cohen when he couldn’t name her. Then Newark mayor and #Sandy Twitter hero Cory Booker came on to recognize the female nurses, Coast Guard members and other women who played a huge role in rescue and relief efforts after the hurricane. And that was before anyone accepted an award.

Over the course of the ceremony, Glamour presented Women of the Year awards toJenna Lyons president and executive creative director of J.Crew; iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz; architect Zaha Hadid, the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, her field’s highest honor; sexual abuse survivor and activist Erin Merryn; Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose documentary on acid violence against women in Pakistan has helped bring perpetrators to justice and won the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Film; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; mother-daughter humanitarians Ethel and Rory Kennedy; “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham; actress Selena Gomez, of “Wizards of Waverly Place” fame and five of thewomen who brought home gold from the London Olympics: gymnast Gabby Douglas, swimmer Missy Franklin, track and field star Allyson Felix, judo queen Kayla Harrison and soccer player Carli Lloyd.

The acceptance speeches featured many highlights — Merryn’s impassioned call for sexual assault education in schools, Obaid-Chinoy’s tribute to the women in her documentary — but the first of our two favorite moments came when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who noted that “the judiciary is not a profession that ranks very high among the glamorously attired,” told the crowd how proud she was, as the second women appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, to be the first Supreme Court justice ever named a Glamour Woman of the Year.

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Posted on November 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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