“The atmosphere here is so sisterly, everyone can embrace one another, their accomplishments, and really shine,” Gabby Douglas told Style.com last night at Glamour‘s 22nd annual Women of the Year Awards. The Olympic gymnast shines wherever she goes—one reason why she was among the evening’s honorees, a list that included Jenna Lyons, Zaha Hadid, Annie Leibovitz, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Douglas’ fellow gold medalists Missy Franklin, Kayla Harrison, Allyson Felix, and Carli Lloyd.
The presenters were none too shabby either. Ethan Hawke introduced honoree Selena Gomez, calling the youngest-ever U.S. ambassador for UNICEF a “mini-mogul with a giant heart.” And Chelsea Clinton, on stage to give a shout-out to a handful of women who ran or won on Election Day, rallied for more women politicians. “I’m hoping some of you will run, and yes, in heels,” she said.
Lena Dunham, an honoree, kept the heel joke going: Kicking off her platform pumps when she reached the stage, she said, “I mess up, fall down, forget Spanks, but today, I took off my shoes.” J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons opted for earnestness: “It takes timing, luck, some talent, and patience. It doesn’t happen overnight,” she said. “Whatever your passion is, make it your day job. You might just find yourself at Carnegie Hall, receiving an award, for something you love to do.”