Megan Thee Stallion, Amanda Gorman, LaTosha Brown, Helen Butler, and Nsé Ufot Graces Glamour's Women Of The Year Cover
Megan Pete—Megan Thee Stallion, if you hot—comes from this kind of communal, intergenerational mothering. She is daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of three fierce Texas women who spread gospels of care, kindness, and confidence on Houston’s south side.
It’s no wonder, then, that at 26 years old, Megan—Aquarius sun—is a clever, self-possessed, and free Southern Black woman who is dominating contemporary hip-hop and reimagining what’s possible for herself in and beyond music.
“It seems like I can never satisfy everybody,” she says. “So then I started being like, ‘What do I like?’ I’m an only child, so I had a lot of time to spend by myself to think about it. I’m here by myself all day; what we gon’ do, Megan? That’s how I figured out I really do enjoy writing music. I love writing stories. I started living life for me.”
"Amanda Gorman weaves entire worlds out of words, so it seemed fitting to invite another universe builder to interview her for our Woman of the Year profile. Tomi Adeyemi is a writer, creator, and entrepreneur, and the author of the Children of Blood and Bone trilogy. Here the two women talk about our moment of reckoning, the high highs and low lows of the creative process, and what it means to seek greatness."
— Samantha Barry, editor in chief of Glamour
"The best advice I’ve received in my life has been from my mother who quotes Polonius in Hamlet, saying, “To thine own self be true.” She must have told me that every few days growing up, literally while I was taking my lunchbox out of the car. The best advice I received this year would be from Oprah Winfrey, who told me that “no” is a complete sentence." Amanda Said.
These women are pillars in their communities. On a national level, their organizations have modeled new strategies in voter outreach, centered on an ethos of respect and transparent communication. And while their focuses are each a little different, their message is the same: It’s time to get involved.