Glamour Editor-in-Chief Samantha Barry’s Holiday Wishlist

I’m a big fan of the holiday season, and while I have plenty of friends who want nothing to do with gingerbread lattes or “Jingle Bell Rock” until well after Thanksgiving has wrapped, I’m not one of those people. The minute the weather starts to cool down in New York, I’m out the door whistling Mariah Carey‘s most iconic Christmas hits and drumming up a list of the best gifts to pick up for my family, friends, and colleagues.

But finding unique presents for everyone can be tough, and remembering to jot down on my own wish list can be even tougher. That’s why this year I made my list early—and checked it twice. From knockout over-the-knee boots for me to an inspiring book I’ll gift my nieces and nephews, here’s my list of standout gift ideas.

The Best Moments From Glamour’s 2018 Women of the Year After Party

Glamour‘s annual Women of the Year celebration honored a class of women who spoke up and made real change in 2018. Viola Davis, Chrissy Teigen, Janelle Monae, and Kamala Harris were among the ultra-inspiring crew. And to cap off a three-day celebration—which included experiences, panels, speeches, and other incredible moments—the honorees and other special guests gathered for an epic after-party at Spring Studios in New York. Following the awards ceremony, they headed to an after party where shoes came off, branded grilled cheese was passed around, and the attendees mingled. Take a peek at what happened after the 2018 Women of the Year awards, right here.

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Read Viola Davis’ Incredible Acceptance Speech at Glamour’s 2018 Women of the Year Awards

On Monday night, November 12, Viola Davis was honored as one of Glamour‘s 2018 Women of the Year in New York City. The actor delivered an important, inspiring speech to the audience that’s necessary reading. But first, she was introduced by Steve McQueen, who directed her upcoming movie Widows. “The truth, the whole truth, and everything but the truth, so help me God. That is Viola Davis,” he said, before introducing the actress.

Read Davis’ full speech, below:

“Chrissy Teigen ruined it for me. I actually don’t have much to say. I just find it so interesting that some of the greatest myths come out of people just dying to themselves and being resurrected. It always starts with a death. It always starts with just hitting rock bottom and having nothing left.

You know, I came from a story where I didn’t feel just less than or I just didn’t have a voice or not pretty. I felt invisible. I came from a long line of women who felt invisible. And they’re the ones who attempted to throw me an invisible rope. Courage is just fear said with prayers. And I feel that it takes a great deal of courage to hit bottom and feel invisible and then to share one’s story. But it’s in the sharing of the story in front of people who have empathy that kills shame. And once that shame is killed, guess what? You’re running. When I look at the zeitgeist today and look at what is happening with women in terms of sexual assault, in terms of poverty, in terms of politically what’s happening, I think to myself the change and the shift that needs to happen is the internal. It’s finding the courage to own one’s story. To say and wake up one day and feel, like, ‘Damn, I’m not perfect. Sometimes I don’t feel pretty. Sometimes I don’t want to slay the dragon. Sometimes the dragon I’m slaying is myself, but damn it, I am worth it. I don’t have to barter for my worth. I don’t have to pay someone for it. I came out of my mom’s womb worthy.’

Courage is just fear said with prayers. And I feel that it takes a great deal of courage to hit bottom and feel invisible and then to share one’s story.

At 25, which was a time in my life that I was at Juilliard, and they basically said, ‘You’re overweight. You’re going to play a matriarch your entire life. What kind of roles can you play, Viola?’ And I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I know I’m an actor. I know that’s what I was born to do. That’s what’s going to make my life worthwhile. I know I have something in me.’

There was no one to give me the answer. So I remember I took a trip to Africa, that was paid by Juilliard, by the way, so I have to give them some credit. And I studied the dance, music, and folklore of four different tribes just for a very short period of time. And I went into a village of the Mandinka tribe. One day there were these group of women that came through the tribe, and they were dressed in oversized clothes, oversized shoes. They painted their faces. They had drums, and they had huge calabashes of food. They were screaming at the top of their lungs. Just screaming. They yell. They kept screaming like that and they kept making funny faces, rolling their eyes.

And soon, other people came out of their houses, and pretty soon you saw hundreds of people gathering around them. Hundreds of them. They passed the calabash around of food and they all just slopped it in their mouths. And they slopped it and they ate it and passed it around. And then all those people were screaming. So loud I couldn’t hear myself. I was like, ‘What the hell is this? What ritual is this?’ I later found out these were women who were infertile. And the biggest blessing you could have as a woman in the Gambia was to have a child. These women felt that the reason why they hadn’t be blessed with a child is because God didn’t hear their voice, that God didn’t see them. So the ritual was about as making as much noise as you could possibly make so God could hear it and pour down a blessing.

Be willing to own your story and share it.

We don’t have that ritual here. We pray for connection. We pray to be seen. We pray that somehow that invisibility cloak will be unleashed and reveal us. I say it is up to me to lift that veil and to show you and to have the courage and the vagina to not have to get it together to show up. To show up imperfectly and beautifully and messily as I am. And it’s that truth that connects me to everyone in this room. It is that that that allows you to unleash your story and do the same. You know lighthouses don’t go around the island just shining their light and saving people. They just sort of stand there, shining. That’s what I choose to do with my work. I just choose to be me. And I think that is something that we can all do.

Native Americans would kill the Buffalo and take out the heart and eat it—sort of internalized courage, the courage and the guts to just slay dragons. Biggest dragons I think you can slay is yourself. I’ll tell you 70 percent of women now. There’s been a 70 percent spike of suicide in young women. One of the main reasons is images of on the Internet of women sharing their beautifully perfect life. That’s a known fact, according to the CDC. I say if perfectionism is driving the car, then shame is riding shotgun and fear is that nagging backseat driver.

Be willing to own your story and share it. I’ll tell you one thing: You might as well put the bow and arrow behind you and the sword, because you will be the most courageous person in the world. That’s what my work inspires. That’s what my production company inspires.

My tribe, the people who scream up to the Gods for me, and give me hope are my posse right here: my Lisa, my Estelle, my beautiful Julius. My love of my life, my Genesis, my Elizabeth.

Thank you so much Glamour. Glamour magazine. Thank you for this honor. I kind of have an issue with the word ‘icon.’ Just a little bit! But if it means that you feel like I represent anything and that I inspire anybody to do anything. It’s like they say, you don’t die until the last person who has a memory of you dies.”

In her Women of the Year profile, Davis remembered the early days of her career, when she was a student at Julliard: “I was angry a lot… Nobody asked me to do [classical roles] as a black actress.” Many “bad performances” (her words) and small parts later, her role in 2008’s Doubt would catapult her to wide acclaim and grant her more opportunities and agency as a performer. Now, she can not only help create those narratives (via her company with husband Julius Tennon, JuVee Productions) but also inspire those following in her footsteps. As her How to Get Away With Murder co-star Aja Naomi King said: “To be a black actress, and to have watched the evolution of her career, it’s altered the way I have looked at this entire industry. Every time she wins, it feels like success for all of us. Because here’s the face of this beautiful, tall, striking, dark-skinned, natural-hair-wearing black woman who is basically saying, ‘I dare you to tell me no.'”

Catch up on all the 2018 Women of the Year happenings here.

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The March for Our Lives Activists Glamour Women of the Year Speech

On Valentine’s Day, 2018, an unthinkable tragedy happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In the months that followed, the students of Parkland—and others who joined their cause—woke our nation up to the realities of gun violence. In under a year, real-deal activists emerged—including Emma González, Samantha Fuentes, Jaclyn Corin, Edna Chavez, and Naomi Wadler—and made their voices heard by leading a march on D.C. and traveling the country to encourage voter registration. On November 12, those young fighters the stage at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards and delivered what can only be described as a rallying cry.

They were introduced by singer and fellow activist Troye Sivan, who asked the audience to turn on their cell phone flashlights. “I want you to imagine that each of your lights is a young person, a soul, a child with a future,” Sivan said. “Think of a kid that you love. Got it? Well, so far this year, the lives of 805 young people in America under the age of 18, about as many lights as we have shining right now, have been extinguished by gun violence. Now, turn your flashlights off. Each one is another young life gone.”

“But,” Sivan continued, “There are so many bright flames burning in the darkness…fighting for the futures of every student, every teacher, every brother and sister, everyone that we know and love…Including five young women representing the voices of people whose friends, families and communities have been devastated by gun violence. They are changing hearts and minds about what has long been seen as an unsolvable issue.”

Sivan added, “In the last few weeks alone, there have been hate-motivated shootings at a Kroger in Kentucky, a yoga studio in Florida, the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and a country music bar in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday night. But these young activists will not stop until the violence does. They have raised more than $100,000 for gun violence prevention; registered tens of thousands of voters; and helped get 55 gun-safety bills passed in 26 states. They are women activists of the March for Our Lives movement: Emma Gonzalez of Parkland, who captured our emotions at the March for Our Lives; Jaclyn Corin, also of Parkland, who helped push Florida to pass its first gun control bill in 20 years; Edna Chavez of South Central LA, who lost her brother Ricardo to gun violence; Samantha Fuentes, who was shot in Parkland and is living with shrapnel in her body; and 12-year-old Naomi Wadler of Virginia, who has made it her mission to share the stories of black and brown girls that we don’t see on the front page.”

Corin spoke first on behalf of March For Our Lives. “We see violence so often in our communities around the nation and it’s despicable,” she said. “But ever since the tragedy at my school and Emma’s school and Sam’s school, we have awoken a generation that says no.”

Corin added that 2018 has been a difficult year, with mass shootings occurring nearly every day. Because gun violence is so widespread, she said it’s essential that movements for peace are in all communities. “We understand that even if it doesn’t affect us, it affects someone else,” she continued. “We are intersectional and we are powerful.”

González spoke next, highlighting the unfortunate, but powerful bond the women of March For Our Lives share. “We would not know each other here today if it hadn’t been for what happened at our school,” she said. “We are all together a part of this country and people who have faced gun violence.”

“Our school was large, but we came together,” she continued. And together, González said, she and her community can only move forward with heart and determination. “The other day somebody asked me how I sustain this without staying angry? One of the first things someone told us was you can’t sustain a movement on anger alone. You have to have love in your heart to keep it going.”

“I am a young bisexual woman. I am a registered voter. I’m unfortunately a proud Floridian. I am a domestic violence survivor. I’m a sexual harassment survivor. And after the day February 14, I am a gun violence survivor,” Fuentes said next. “I had to experience so much pain and so much sorrow, so much grief and so much loss. […] But I know that when these women are with me I can sleep safely and soundly. I have grit my teeth for too long, but I bite and I bite hard.”

12-year-old Watts highlighted her identities at the mic as well: an immigrant, a black woman, and a survivor of gun violence. “With these titles comes a certain responsibility to break through glass ceilings and fight for the girls who’ve lost their lives and fight for the women who cannot speak and fight for the people,” she said. “One of the great things about March For Our Lives is that it’s a movement that’s intersectional, and gun violence doesn’t choose who it affects.” In other words, she’s still fighting on behalf of all young people who face gun violence.

Lastly, Chavez spoke, thanking her family and her friends. “I’m proud to say that I’m here from South Central,” she said. “Who would have thought a brown, indigenous mujer would be here and on the cover of Glamour?” But the fight for a safer world, she concluded, isn’t over. She ended her portion with a message: “Que la lucha sigue, gracias y bendiciones.” The fight continues, thank you and blessings.

Read more inspiring moments from Glamour‘s 2018 Women of the Year here.

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Betty Reid Soskin: ‘I Helped Create the Future I’m Privileged to Now Be Living In’

At 97 years old, Glamour 2018 Woman of the Year honoree Betty Reid Soskin is full of stories that feel more relevant than ever. The oldest serving National Park Service ranger has worked in union halls under Jim Crow segregation, established the first black household in a discriminating California suburb, fought for black history to be represented in the park system, and recorded it all in her memoir, Sign My Name to Freedom.

“Democracy has been experiencing these periods of chaos since 1776. They come and go,” she told Glamour in her Women of the Year profile. “And it’s in those periods that democracy is redefined.” When everything seems to be crumbling, we can remold and reset, she believes: “History has been written by people who got it wrong, but the people who are always trying to get it right have prevailed. If that were not true, I would still be a slave like my great-grandmother.”

And tonight, November 12, at Glamour‘s Women of the Year awards, Soskin shared even more wisdom. Actor Andie MacDowell introduced Soskin. “I have the great privilege of serving on the board of the National Forest Foundation, and I love our national parks,” MacDowell said. “In both you can find some of America’s greatest treasures. One of the standouts is not a tall tree or a grand river, but a woman who encompasses strength and grace we all aspire to: 97-year-old National Park Service ranger Betty Reid Saskin. Betty is posted at the Rosie the Riveter/World War Two Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, where she reminds audiences that ‘what gets remembered depends on who in the room is doing the remembering.’ So Betty remembers and educates on behalf of generations of women of color and other marginalized communities, sharing forgotten stories that span from Dread Scott to Black Lives Matter.”

“Betty has served in many roles: military administrator, civil rights freedom fighter, California field rep, DNC delegate, record shop owner, songwriter, author, daughter, wife, mother, and ranger,” she continued. “But the greatest part she has played in history—so far—is serving as our American conscience.”

Read Soskin’s speech, below:

Thank you very much. You have no idea what it means to me to be here. Thank you very much Glamour, but thanks to all women who are finally stepping up and making their voices heard bc that voice has been missing throughout my life.

That voice is so needed. I was so elated at this election where women took their places in leadership.

I am so aware that I am living in my final decade, that every single, minute, hour has meaning to me. The truth that Kamala was talking about has been the life force for me. Because I don’t have time. If I don’t get it right, I don’t have time to do it over. That’s true for the nation and also true for us.

I know these periods of chaos have been with us since 1776. The period that I have been most marked by was that of the 60s where I was an activist in the black revolution. Along with millions of others in this country, I helped to create the future I’m privileged to now be living in. You can’t imagine what that’s like. You can’t imagine.

Thank you Glamour. And thank you all.

Get more inspiring moments from Glamour‘s Women of the Year awards here.

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Hillary Clinton’s Speech at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards Will Convince You to Run for Office

2008 Women of the Year honoree Hillary Clinton spent much of midterms season campaigning for Democrats running for Congress, including Florida politician Donna Shalala and Chicago gubernatorial candidate J.B. Prtizker. So it’s really no wonder she surprised the crowd at Glamour‘s Women of the Year awards for an inspiring speech on the importance of women running for office.

Read the powerful message she delivered to the crowd, below:

“Congratulations to all of the Glamour Women of the Year being honored tonight—don’t they inspire us and give us hope about the future?

“This week, exactly two years ago, was a rough one. But, you know, my personal disappointment wasn’t so much about what happened, but how do we create even more opportunity for all the people in America. ‘An America that’s hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted,’ as I said afterward. That remains my mission today.

Maybe we didn’t crack that highest, hardest ceiling, but we did charge straight through the wall and into the arena.

“In that same speech, I told little girls that they deserved every chance and opportunity to pursue their own dreams. But I didn’t realize how many women were listening as well. And many of those women decided that they were going to get involved in politics, including running for public office. Maybe we didn’t crack that highest, hardest ceiling, but we did charge straight through the wall and into the arena.

“In 2018, women brushed themselves off and ran in record-breaking numbers: Just think, 233 for Congress, 16 for governor, and more than 3,300 for seats in state legislatures. And what was so great was that these women came from a variety of backgrounds, from military veterans to teachers to bartenders to small business owners. They ran grassroots campaigns, many of them as first-time-ever candidates, and each of them fought for the priorities of their local communities: seeking fully funded public education, justice system reform, environmental protection, an unprejudiced immigration system, economic equality, and so much more.

“From lifetime politicos to first-time candidates, busy, busy, people, busy executives and busy moms, women facing men and women facing each other, women went all in. Win or lose, their races really, energized us, and encouraged even more Americans of all kinds to run for public office, to get civically involved.

To those of you who think it’s impossible to make possible, we have lots of examples from last week that now we just have to try.

“Think about this the winners included a number of firsts: Debra Haaland and Sharice Davids, the first Native American women elected to Congress. Right? And what about Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress; and Lucy McBath, a woman who I got to know well in the 2016 campaign who turned her grief of losing her son to gun violence to a movement to commons sense gun reform. She helped turn mourning into a movement, then she won a seat once held by Newt Gingrich. To those of you who think it’s impossible to make possible we have lots of examples from last week that now we just have to try. Just before I came on, I heard that the race in Arizona was called for Kyrsten Sinema.

“Can we please offer some thunderous applause for them, and for all of the women who ran this year? And for the women who will follow their lead and run for office in 2020…maybe some of them are in this room tonight. I hope that you are. Because we need you. We need you so much. I think people got a burst of energy from the victories from last week. I will be sure to continue to encourage a lot of you and encourage particularly young women and everyone who wants to see positive change to go ahead, get involved, and maybe even run for office. And may the best candidates win.”

Find more inspiring moments from this year’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards here.

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Chrissy Teigen’s Glamour 2018 Women of the Year Speech Is the Best Thing You’ll See Today

Chrissy Teigen provides daily entertainment to all of her fans via social media, through epic clap-backs and headband-of-the-day-posts. This year, though, she’s been using her audience—over 21 million on Instagram alone—to speak on issues she cares about, from immigration to women’s rights. “Our lives would be so much easier if we didn’t dabble in politics at all,” Teigen told Glamour as part of her 2018 Women the Year profile, “but I don’t want that kind of life. For us, we are willing to take that risk, because we believe in it so passionately.”

As one of this year’s honorees, Teigen delivered a speech at the Women of the Year awards that was hilarious, personal, honest, tearful, and, yes, meme-able. Her trophy was presented to her, appropriately, by her “trophy husband” John Legend, who told a story of Teigen crying in a dressing room at a ceremony like this evening’s, because she felt she didn’t belong. (Read his full intro here.) “I’m mad at you because I was going to talk about the event,” she said to him while accepting the award onstage.

I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would win anything.

That moment sticks out in her memory, she recalled to the audience, because “I sat around this incredible table of people who were so amazing and inspiring… They were all asking each other what they did. When it got to me, they asked what I did, and I said I didn’t know. I didn’t know what I was going to do or what I could be. I didn’t have a team behind me that I knew could inspire me to be those things. Now, I have that team.”

“I never thought I’d be the kind of person who would win anything,” Teigen said. “I was used to being on his [Legend’s] arm. I was excited to support him and be there, but this is an honor.”

Teigen “was ready to be the light-hearted one” at the Women of the Year awards, she told the audience as she wiped away tears. (Legend was crying while introducing his wife, too, by the way.) “Please don’t show that I cry or have emotions!”

2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards: Women Rise - Show

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But back to that moment in the dressing room: “That was a big turning point for me, to realize I could be in a room and be inspired. I think it’s good to look up to people and see the things they’re doing and want to be your better self.”

Teigen also spoke about “the most incredible husband on the planet,” Legend: “You are our everything. You completely made me a woman. We’ve grown together. Our family’s grown together. Our careers have grown together… This is so sappy, I’m sorry. I hate you, John. I really do.”

She also gave Glamour a shout out as “the first place I talked about my depression,” as part of a 2017 cover story. “To this day, I get more comments [about that] than anything else. People come up to me and talk about that story… Thank you so much for getting that reach to every body.”

“I’m so honored to have this platform,” Teigen said to close out her speech. “I’m so honored to talk about chicken pot pies or getting blocked by Donald.”

Find out more about Glamour‘s 2018 Women of the Year here.

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Glamour 2018 Women of the Year Awards Red Carpet: Every Look

Earlier this month, Glamour announced the recipients of the 2018 Women of the Year Awards. Tonight, our honorees—Viola Davis, Chrissy Teigen, Janelle Monáe, Senator Kamala Harris, Betty Reid Soskin, Manal al-Sharif, the women who took down Larry Nassar, and the female activists of March for Our Lives—came together in New York to celebrate their achievements and those of women across the world this year, joined by some other seriously inspiring guests: Ashley Graham, Lili Reinhart, and more. (You can catch up on all things WOTY here.) Before stepping into the room where it happens, see what every single attendee wore to the red carpet.

Glamour Woman of the Year Manal al-Sharif: ‘Democracy Is Not a Privilege’

One of the highlights of this year’s Glamour Women of the Year Awards was honoree Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist who helped get women the right to drive. “When they told me I can’t do this, I can’t read that, I would ask, ‘Why?’” she told Glamour in her Women of the Year profile. “I was always questioning: Why are there no women leaders? We were invisible in my society, and that bothered me so much. They say to us: ‘A woman leaves her house twice—once to her husband’s house, and the second to her grave.’ That is just so sad. I wanted to be me.”

And tonight, Monday November 12, al-Sharif delivered a powerful speech. Claire Danes introduced the activist, saying, “Right now any woman in this audience could grab her passport and fly to Paris if she wanted to—the only thing stopping her would be the available funds in her bank account or a boss who expects to see her in the morning. Not so in Saudi Arabia, where women cannot travel, open a bank account or get married unless they get a male guardian’s permission. Until June of this year, Saudi Arabia was the only country where women were not permitted to drive unless accompanied by a father, a son, a brother or male guardian.”

“That ban was lifted thanks in large part to the remarkable and tireless efforts of computer scientist Manal al-Sharif who launched the campaign ‘Women2Drive’ in 2011,” Danes continued. “Manal videotaped herself driving solo. It went viral. Saudi women were elated but the consequences for Manal were serious: She was threatened and harassed, she lost her job, and her son, Abdalla, was beaten up at school. Manal went into exile in Australia where she has remained unable to be with him. Despite all this Manal continues to advocate for Saudi women’s equality. Her courage and persistence is a reminder that freedom often comes at tremendous sacrifice. She insists we continue the fight for equality. It’s inspirational.”

“If there is a word in English that exists that explains or describe those completely contradicting emotions of immense happiness and immense sadness, I would use it now,” Manal al-Sharif said as she took the stage. “Unfortunately, this word doesn’t exist in English. That’s how I feel today—standing here today, accepting this amazing honor in front of you and to be put on the same list with these amazing women today.”

Exercise your rights. Never take them from granted. That’s the day they’re taken away from you.

She added, “As much as I’m happy for women in my country, as much as I know the fight just began, it took me seven years of campaigning, and I remember my mom calling me every time my name comes in the news as an agent, and she asked me, ‘When are you going to stop?’ I wrote a book. I took the traffic police to the court. Me, along with two other women—those other women are in jail today. I told my mom, every time she calls me crying, ‘I will stop when every women in Saudi Arabia is issued a driver’s license.'”

She closed her speech imploring women to not take their rights for granted. “Exercise your rights. Never take them from granted. That’s the day they’re taken away from you. Go vote.”

“Living in a democracy is not a privilege,” she continued. “Living in a democracy is a huge responsibility. If you have a voice, honor it and use it.”

Find more moving moments from Glamour‘s 2018 Women of the Year here.

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John Legend Tears Up Honoring Chrissy Teigen at *Glamour*’s 2018 Women of the Year Awards

Chrissy Teigen was one of the honorees at Glamour‘s 2018 Women of the Year Awards on Monday, November 12, and she was introduced by none other than her husband, John Legend. Naturally, his speech showed just how much love he has for Teigen—as if we didn’t know this already. The Grammy winner even teared up as he talked about how much he cares for his wife.

“Hi, everyone. I’m John. Also known as Chrissy Teigen’s trophy husband,” Legend joked in his introduction. “Sometimes Chrissy likes to take me out on the town and show me off a little. Nights like this one, when people are taking pictures.”

Read his full speech, below:

“Hello, everyone. I’m John. Also known as Chrissy Teigen’s trophy husband. Sometimes Chrissy likes to take me out on the town and show me off a little. Nights like this one, when people are taking pictures.

I have a career in the music business, but we all know who the star of the family is. She’s the heart and soul of the family too.

I am very much in love with this woman. I mean, obviously, I guess. She is my wife. And she is the mother of our daughter Luna and our son Miles.

But I’m not the only one who loves her. Many millions of people who aren’t married or related to her love her too. Everywhere I go, I meet people, fans, who used to ask me for an autograph or tell me how much they love my music. Now, the number one comment I get from people who USED to be MY fans is how much they LOVE Chrissy. She gets bigger cheers than I do at my own concerts. They love her!

People love her honesty. Her humor. Her beauty and style. Her passion for food. Her sense of adventure and fun. And they love her big, beautiful heart. The heart she wears on her sleeve. She inspires SO many people and so many women. I mean, she’s the kind of woman you write songs about. Huge, international, award-winning songs…but this is about Chrissy. Have you heard songs written for Chrissy before? One of them went to #1 on Billboard charts.

People love her honesty. Her humor. Her beauty and style. Her passion for food. Her sense of adventure and fun. And they love her big, beautiful heart.

Sometimes social media feels like it’s going to be the death of civilization. But it hasn’t been a complete fail. Hear me out, here…

I think the world may have missed out on Chrissy’s full awesomeness if it weren’t for social media. She would have never fully shone the way she does if she were filtered by publicists and handlers. I’m sorry, Marissa. Publicists are great. Magazines are wonderful. Chrissy’s biggest impact may be the way she proves that just by being the person you are, you can make a difference. Being who you are, unapologetically, you can make a difference. She’s been named the mayor of the Internet by some. She’s been blocked by the shittiest person on the Internet. I don’t have to say his name. If you speak up about the things that you believe in, whether it’s immigration rights, postpartum depression or the joys of chicken pot pie—and if you do it authentically and without presumption, you can enlighten another human being you can brighten people’s day. What a gift that is. And what a time to do it, right now, when it’s so important to amplify voices of reason, not shut them down.

In her Glamour profile, she talked about a time when we were at this big event and she was crying in a dressing room because she felt so overwhelmed by the illustrious company she was in. We were celebrating the TIME 100 and she felt like she didn’t belong. How could she be worthy of the likes of Oprah, Christine Lagarde, Michelle Obama?

Well, I’m here to say that you belong here. I think it has become very clear to Glamour magazine and to many millions of people around the world that you are more than worthy of this honor tonight.

I am amazed by the woman that you’ve become. And I’m truly glad that the rest of the world has finally found out about it, too.

Ladies and gentleman the incredible Chrissy Teigen, everybody.”

The twosome shared some cute moments on the red carpet, as well. See those, below:

Glamour Women Of The Year Awards 2018

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Glamour Women Of The Year Awards 2018

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2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards: Women Rise - Arrivals

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2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards: Women Rise - Arrivals

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Couple of the year, TBH.

Find more big moments from Glamour‘s 2018 Women of the Year Awards here.

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