Female rights top of the agenda at Glamour Awards

U2’s Bono, Amber Heard, Gwen Stefani and Cara Delevingne are among the celebrities who turned out for the 2016 Glamour Awards in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 14, 2016) (REUTERS) – The Glamour Women of the Year Awards went ahead as usual in 2016 with two major exceptions – it’s location had moved from New York to Los Angeles and the main prize was going to U2’s lead singer Bono with its first ever Man of the Year.

He took to the red carpet posing alongside his wife and daughters. Other female celebrities flocked to the event, including singer Leona Lewis, actress Amber Heard stepping out alone after splitting with husband Johnny Depp, and British model Cara Delevingne.

The evening, which featured a performance by Demi Lovato, honors those that not only make a difference in style, but also in politics, business and activism.

So while designer Miuccia Prada, singer Gwen Stefani and actress Zendaya were honored for their styles, other honorees included the founders of Black Lives Matter – Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi – as well as anti-Islamic State activist Nadia Murad.

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde got the Lifetime Achievement Award, and admitted “I know I inspire younger women because they stop me in the street and they tell me that they want to do the same thing. They tell me that they need role models, they need confidence in the future and they need to look up to other people who have suffered a bit and suffered a few blows along the way but are still standing and smiling and will continue to do so.”

American Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad discussed the Muslim community in the US since the recent US election was won by Donald Trump, saying “You know I think they’re worried about their rights for good reason. Every time you have someone who kind of incites hate, and is very comfortable speaking bigoted statements, racially charged statements, talking about women’s bodies in a really negative way, there should, there should be cause for alarm. At the same time, I truly believe that we all have the ability to dictate our own journey and having such strong women is an example of what hard work, perseverance and pushing the envelope, what it looks like.”

Alicia Garza from Black Lives Matter, also commented on America after the recent election result. “It’s time to fight like hell for our rights and we’ve been doing that for the last few years. Lots of us have been in this movement for decades and it’s time to double down, it’s time to get organized and get clear and get focused and really start contesting for power,” she said.

The event is hosted by the magazine’s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive and chief revenue officer Connie Anne Phillips.