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Glamour’s Jason Wagenheim and Cindi Leive (r.) with Karen Fondu of L’Oréal Paris and Jennifer Lopez.

Glamour hosted its 21st annual Women of the Year awards, sponsored by L’Oréal Paris, at Carnegie Hall in New York City on November 7. Cindi Leive, editor in chief of Glamour, and Bill Wackermann, executive vice president and publishing director of Glamour, were joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to welcome the honorees and guests to the event, which has now become a “New York institution,” as Mayor Bloomberg called it.

“We are here to celebrate everything that is excellent in the world of women,” said Leive. “I continue to learn the lessons they share with us every year about how to ‘woman up.’ Now I know you don’t have to be a president or a princess to change the world.”

Actress Jessica Alba presented designer and “superwoman” Tory Burch with her award for her entrepreneurship and investment in women, and news guru Arianna Huffington received her award from Barbara Walters.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was given to women’s rights activist and crusader Gloria Steinem, for changing the roles of women throughout the world.

Actress Lea Michele was awarded for “staying true to her talent and being her own person amongst an industry full of people always telling her no,” and activist Esraa Abdel Fattah, or “Facebook Girl,” was recognized for her efforts in the fight for freedom for Egyptian women, and for boldly using social media to help change the world.

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Jessica Alba, Tory Burch and Kerry Washington.

Designer Marc Jacobs presented photographer and art superstar Cindy Sherman with her award for using her talent to break barriers and challenge female stereotypes.

Withelma “T” Ortiz-Macey was honored for sharing the stories of her abusive past and using them to become one of the nation’s most effective voices against the sex trafficking of children in the United States.

The Generations Award was given to Laura Bush, and her daughters, Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, for using their credibility to become driving forces behind empowerment programs across a range of issues worldwide, including AIDS awareness and the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon campaign.

Comedian Chelsea Handler received her award from actress and friend Jennifer Aniston, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords received special recognition for her brave climb back from the shooting that almost took her life, and for continuing to encourage women to get into politics.

And lastly, the All-Star of the night, Jennifer Lopez, was awarded for her successes as a mother, a singer, an actress, and a beauty and fashion icon, as well as a philanthropist.

“I’ve had an incredible couple of years, some ups and some not-so-ups,” said Lopez. “But the one thing that got me through was women, and they shaped me into the woman I am today.”

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Cindi Leive and Gloria Steinem. Chelsea Handler and Jennifer Aniston. Barbara Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager.

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