Following controversy over leaked news that Glamour would name transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner one of its Women of the Year, the magazine officially announced Thursday that she is among the 2015 honorees.
Citing her high profile in drawing attention to the marginalization of transgendered people, the magazine said Jenner's E! show "I Am Cait" has helped "to educate the public and . . . has featured advocates addressing important issues like suicide -- a tragic 41 percent of trans or gender-nonconforming Americans have attempted to take their own life."
The expected inclusion of Olympic gold-medalist Jenner, who turned 66 on Wednesday, had met with backlash from some quarters, including pioneering feminist author Germaine Greer, who told BBC's "Newsnight" last Friday, "I think misogyny plays a really big part in all of this, that a man who goes to these lengths to become a woman will be a better woman than someone who is just born a woman."
Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive responded on Thursday to such criticism, telling WWD, "She identifies as a woman, period. What shes done in six months has done a lot of good," adding, "She knows what it's like to struggle with these [transgender] issues. There are so many different types of women in this world. We aren't taking away from one by honoring another."
The magazine's 25th Anniversary Women of the Year Awards, which takes place Nov. 9 at Carnegie Hall, will also honor fashion designer Victoria Beckham, ballerina Misty Copeland, entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, health advocate Cecile Richards, actress Reese Witherspoon, the U.S. women's soccer team, and five women in Charleston, South Carolina, who tried to bring peace in the community following the June 17 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.