Glamour magazine is known for its “Women of the Year” awards, but now they are breaking the mold and naming their very first “Man of the Year.”
Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive explained the decision to WWD, “Men are not really hurting for awards. They seem to do quite nicely with them. They tend to have laurel leaves placed around them…it never felt like it was crucial before,” she said. “But it felt like a missed opportunity. The modern thinking on women’s rights and feminism is, ‘Hey we’re all in this together.’ Men can and should be feminists. The idea that only women can stand up for women’s issues is a relic of an older time.”
So who’s the lucky guy?! U2’s Bono.
— Glamour (@glamourmag) November 1, 2016
And he deserves it. The editor explained they decided to honor Bono as he is an advocate for several causes, chief among them AIDS prevention and poverty. Through his ONE foundation, Bono has turned his attention towards women and girls via a “poverty is sexist” campaign. “They are having a real impact and getting world leaders to commit to gender equality,” she said.
Of course, many ladies will be honored as well, among them Gwen Stefani (who covers the magazine), Olympic gold-medalist Simone Biles, plus-size model Ashley Graham, and Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.