Nyong’o, Clinton: Glamour’s women of the year

Lupita Nyong’o and Chelsea Clinton arrive for the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York.

Lupita Nyong’o and Chelsea Clinton arrive for the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York.

NEW YORK: In a night that was all about empowerment, actresses Lupita Nyong’o and Laverne Cox, fashion designer Sarah Burton, UN Ambassador Samantha Power and Chelsea Clinton were among those awarded Women of the Year awards by Glamour magazine.

The awards were presented in a star-studded ceremony Monday evening at Carnegie Hall.

Hillary Clinton joined daughter Chelsea for her first evening out since the birth of daughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky on Sept. 26.

“I had sort of wondered if I’d get to wear a fancy dress and high-heeled shoes again,” Clinton said, drawing laughter and applause from the crowd.

Clinton was honored for her work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Glamour also cited her work on a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to encourage achievement among women and girls across the world. That commitment, Clinton said, was only strengthened by becoming a mother.

“I want Charlotte to grow up to be whatever she dreams to be, wherever she dreams to be it,” Clinton said. Nyong’o, whose mother offered congratulations on a pre-taped video, won a supporting-actress Oscar for her performance in “Twelve Years a Slave,” capping her swift rise to the top rungs of Hollywood and the fashion world. She was also named a new face of Lancome and appeared on the cover of People magazine’s Most Beautiful issue. She will be appearing in the new “Star Wars” movie.

“The truth is, I don’t really know what’s next,” Nyong’o said, through tears. “Though what has happened to me so far is incredible, I am still a work in progress and I hope to always be.”

 
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