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Glamour’s Women of the Year was a study in contrasts, with actresses, artists, politicians and Nobel Laureates sharing the stage. Among them, Kate Bosworth, in Chanel, presented an award to that company’s global chief executive officer Maureen Chiquet, and Natalie Portman, in Jolibe, introduced the Nobel Women’s initiative.


Onstage, Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted that Tyra Banks said she wouldn’t go into politics because of one too many swimsuit photos out there. “Which is funny, because that’s exactly what I said,” he joked, telling Banks, “You wouldn’t be the first media mogul to go into politics, but you’d be the fiercest.”


The crowd spontaneously cheered when Barbara Walters began introducing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Oscar de la Renta. Walters suggested Rice use her post-cabinet time to do new things, like falling in love: “She’s still a young and beautiful woman.” Rice told the crowd she admired Walters’ ability to bring tough people to tears. “Tyra Banks, boy, am I looking forward to meeting you,” she added.


Nicole Kidman, in L’Wren Scott, gave the teenage girls from youth enrichment groups in the balcony advice on work-life balance, emphasizing the importance of family in addition to work. And Hillary Clinton, in Isaac Mizrahi, was surprised by a performance by “American Idol’s” David Cook (said to be her favorite). “He did get more votes than I did,” said Clinton of Cook. Though Clinton was wearing a dress for the first time in recent memory, she did mention her famous pantsuits. “I’m grateful to Glamour because they liked my pantsuits, and that was one of the highlights of my presidential campaign,” she said.


For complete coverage, see Wednesday’s WWD.

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