‘Glamour’ Women of the Year List Honors Simone Biles, Zendaya and the Women of #BlackLivesMatter

glamour-women-of-the-year-2016Glamour has released their annual Women of the Year list and Simone Biles, Zendaya and the women who co-founded #BlackLivesMatter were all honored.

The list has been going for 27 years strong, choosing to spotlight women who inspire “women from across the worlds of fashion, politics, entertainment, sports, and activism- which makes it easy to see why these ladies made the cut.

Simone Biles was America’s sweetheart during the 2016 Olympics, where she cemented her status as one of the greatest athletes in the world; Zendaya keeps herself busy by speaking out on social issues in-between all of her acting and singing gigs; and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, aka the women of #BlackLivesMatter, helped spark a social movement that brings light to racial injustice suffered all across America.

Simone Biles

In her Women of the Year interview, Simone told Glamour that the secret to overcoming the pressure that comes with each performance is remembering to have some fun with it. “We’re out there for less than 10 minutes, and you prepare your whole life for this,” she told the mag. “I knew the expectations were there, but I can only control what I do, not what anyone else wants me to do. You just have to go out and have fun with it.”


19-year-old Zendaya is determined to use her success to bring attention to important social issues, including bullying and gender inequality. “[Acting] has been my passion,” she told Glamour. “But as I’ve started to understand the power and influence I have, I’ve realized it’s really this avenue for me to do bigger, more meaningful things. For me to help somebody.”


Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors were so moved by the the surge of unjust police killings targeted toward black Americans that has infiltrated the news over the past few years that they were inspired to do more than just share the news over social media. “We wanted to connect people who were already buzzing about all this stuff and get them to do something, not just retweet or like or share. We thought, How do we get folks together and take that energy and create something awesome?” co-founder Alicia Garza told the magazine about the inspiration behind the movement.

Take a look at all of Glamour‘s Women of the Year over at their website!

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