Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2011

November 9, 2011

{BREATHE} I’m STILL taking it all in. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the 21st Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall recently. So many accomplished women were in attendance. I can’t even begin to describe the energy in the room. I heard Michelle Obama was there and almost lost it. I really didn’t know what to do with myself. But I played it cool. After all, I was among “my peers”…LOL. And by “my peers”, I mean Cindi Leive, Condoleeza Rice, Barbara Walters, Debbie Harry…yeah it was that official.

Glamour Women of the Year Awards

So you can imagine my excitement when I found out I was going, right? What would I wear? Who would I take with me?  Should I get a facial? Does anyone know a makeup artist willing to work pro bono? How will I wear heels when I just sprained my foot? I had a lot of questions!

I quickly skimmed my closet but couldn’t decide between my $8 turquoise Armani Exchange sample sale dress or the $10 black Vera Wang Goodwill gown. Either way, it was clear that flats were not an option…sprain or no sprain.  So, I decided on the Armani and pulled out my pewter Michael Antonio pumps and said a prayer.  I told my foot that if it embarrassed me there would be problems and repercussions! I’m a BOSS.  Well, except when it comes to makeup.  I’m still learning about the whole primer, concealer, foundation thing. I did my own face. Can you tell?

Pictured with me is my friend Toya of The Limerick Lane. Check out her blog…you’ll save lots of money!! Doesn’t she look lovely in her Rodarte for Target dress?  After a few snaps, we were more than ready to experience the glitz and glamour of the evening and we were not disappointed.  Insanely gorgeous gowns and shoes everywhere…it was Glamour Heaven!  Everyone looked really pretty but my Best Dressed awards go to the following ladies.

Jessica Alba in Tory Burch

We all know I’m a sucker for sequins and black tights.  It was love at first sight! FLIRTY

LaLa Anthony

The bow. The shade of pink. Her makeup. FLAWLESS!

Jennifer Lopez in Versace

That split! Oh Em Gee…I need a split like this in my life. FIERCE

But beyond the Fashion, we were literally surrounded by greatness and the event was nothing short of pure inspiration! “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” Cindi Leive said quoting Madeline Albright, to applause. “We didn’t let any of them in tonight.”

 The Glamour Women of the Year 2011 Honorees

Jennifer Lopez: The All-Star
Tory BurchThe Fashion Force
Arianna HuffingtonThe Visionary
Laura Bush, Barbara Bush & Jenna Bush HagerThe Generations Award
Chelsea HandlerThe Queen of the Night
Withelma “T” Ortiz-MaceyThe Bravest Truth Teller
Gabrielle GiffordsThe Undaunted
Lea MicheleThe Diva Next Door
Cindy ShermanThe Art Superstar Teller
Esraa Abdel FattahThe World Changer
Gloria SteinemLifetime Achievement Winner

I was touched, moved and very inspired by these 3 Amazing Women.

“Everything good that happened to me happened because a man wouldn’t marry me. Often in life the things that go wrong lead to the things that go right” -Arianna Huffington

“I will see a woman as leader of my country one day!” – Esraa Abdel Fattah

“Life is one long surprise, you can prepare but not plan. Whatever you want in the future, build it into your day” -Gloria Steinem

And then there was a name I didn’t recognize…Withelma “T” Ortiz-Macey.  Of all the honorees, T’s story spoke to me the most.  I don’t know why but it did. And as I sat and listened to how grateful she was for this moment, I began to cry. She even paused for a moment and said, “I’m sorry but I have to take this all in.”

Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t have the power to do anything you that you want … Don’t allow anyone to let you think that your light cannot shine.

I had to take it all in.  T was being honored for becoming an advocate for children trapped in sexual slavery after she survived the vicious world of sex trafficking at the tender age of 10. WHAT? I was in the 5th grade when I was 10. I can’t even imagine the life she’s lived but to know that she’s pressed on in spite of her trials and tribulations, speaks volumes.  She is truly a beacon of light. This I know!

Glamour Women of the Year are honored because they let their light shine, they created new paths, they forged ahead when they were told to quit and also took the time to provide support to other women. Many have truly embraced the idea of “Each One – Teach One!”

My takeaway from attending The Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2011 is to remember how important I am and contribute in ways that create abundance and joy for others. Oh and Chelsea Handler told me, “I just want to say you really can do all that you want, you just have to f#cking get out there and do it!”

And Scene…

“…you don’t have to be a President or a Princess to make a difference in this world!”

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Crystal Horton November 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

You and Toya look so cute!!!

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T. Nicole November 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Thanks chica!

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Toya | The Limerick Lane November 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Thanks for inviting me!!! We always have fun together!! I was so inspired by all of the greatness in the room that night! Truly an honor to be among them.

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Amanda @ The Audacity of Color November 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Congrats! Looks like it was a fantastic event. Glad you guys had fun.
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