Following much controversy, Glamour confirmed Caitlyn Jenner as a Women of the Year recipient. Jenner, who is transgender, transitioned from Bruce to Caitlyn before America’s eyes six months ago. The brief period caused many critics on the Web to cry foul that Jenner was not a deserving recipient of the award.
Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive told WWD that the choice didn’t seem “the least bit controversial,” but she did acknowledge that Jenner is “only six months into it.”
“She identifies as a woman, period. What she’s done in six months has done a lot of good,” the editor continued. “She knows what it’s like to struggle with these issues [as a transgender woman]. There are so many different types of women in this world. We aren’t taking away from one by honoring another.”
Hosted by Amy Schumer, the awards, which will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York on Nov. 9, will honor Victoria Beckham, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Holmes, Cecile Richards, Reese Witherspoon, the Women of Charleston and the U.S. women’s national soccer team.
Like Jenner, Elizabeth Holmes, the chief executive officer of Theranos, will likely draw some controversy, as well. This month, The Wall Street Journal penned an investigative piece questioning the validity of her company’s blood vial technology. The Food and Drug Administration is now investigating whether the technology is accurate and whether it should be regulated under its jurisdiction.
“That story broke as we were going to press,” Leive said. “At Glamour, we aren’t in a position to evaluate the technology. That’s an ongoing, breaking story.”
She noted that another ongoing conversation is that of a male entrepreneur, which Holmes, because of her gender, defies.