This week, the GQ Men of The Year awards were handed out in London. According to the magazine, who was the most important man this year? It was no other than actor Jonah Hill, who had a huge year with his Oscar nomination for his role as Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street. But behind every great Man of the Year Award, is a great Woman of the Year Award. What makes a woman worthy of such an award? For GQ magazine, it seems it pretty much means being hot, talented and interesting. So, who won that coveted title this year? Read on and you’ll see who she is and learn about past winners, as well as some other women who didn’t win the award, but came close enough…
10. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian West was recently named British GQ’s Woman of The Year in 2014. 2014 was most certainly Mrs. West’s year. She had her biggest and most important wedding yet, to the father of her daughter, North West, rapper Kanye West. Kim Kardashian probably won this award because she is ubiquitous. You cannot pass a magazine at the supermarket that she isn’t on the cover of. You can’t flip through the channels without seeing her in one of her hit shows on the E! Channel, or her being covered on any of the top entertainment programs. Kim has a beauty line with her sisters sold at most drug stores, as well as clothing lines at Sears and on QVC, in addition to her Dash boutiques. Famous for being famous, no one has extended her 15 minutes quite in the way Mrs. West has.
9. Emma Watson
Actress Emma Watson was named British GQ’s Woman of the Year in 2013. From child star as Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise, to breakout star in more grown up roles, such as Alexis Neiers in the Sofia Coppola film The Bling Ring, Watson’s resume and sex appeal continues to grow. Although she’s been a huge star for quite a long time, Watson tried to remain humble for most of it. She has said, “I lived in denial for as long as I possibly could. Until the age of 18, I would take the Oxford Tube, which is a public bus. Then it got to the point where the fact that I was on the bus would spread from one end to the other.” Beauty, talent and humility. Something tells me 2013 won’t be the only year she is named the woman of.
8. Lana Del Rey
In 2012, singer Lana Del Rey was named British GQ’s Woman of The Year. She accepted the award graciously and said “Thank you. Just to have someone acknowledge the material I write is incredibly touching. It’s an affirmation of sorts. I just didn’t think that this was going to happen. Not any of it.” Between her voice and beauty, it’s not hard to understand why she won. Or maybe it’s that her most famous song is called Video Games? All men love video games.
7. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston seems to win at life, even if she doesn’t win at love. In 2005, she was named British GQ’s Woman of the Year. In 2004, her long running hit television show Friends ended, but the next year, her career boomed. That year, she stared in Rumor Has It, which was the unofficial sequel to The Graduate, as well as Derailed. Currently engaged to actor Justin Theroux, perhaps in 2015, she will have the wedding of the year. The actress has been quoted as saying “Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.” No doubt everything will fall into place for her.
6. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was American GQ’s Babe of the Year in 2010. Isn’t she a babe every year? In 2010, she hosted Saturday Night Live, where she played a pregnant teenager in a hilarious sketch that made fun of the hit MTV shows, My Super Sweet 16 and 16 and Pregnant. Little did she know that four years later, on September 4th, she would give birth to a baby girl named Rose, whose father is Johansson’s boyfriend, Marcel Pariseau. So, what’s in the cards for the actress in 2015? She is most certainly a shoe-in for “Mother of The Year.”
5. Lily Allen
British pop star Lily Allen won the British GQ Woman of the Year award in 2009. That year, her aptly titled album It’s Not Me, It’s You wasn’t simply number 1, it had nearly perfect reviews and Allen went on a sold-out tour. This was a comeback for her personally, after a very turbulent 2008. That year, Lily and her boyfriend, Ed Simons broke up, she suffered a miscarriage and several close friends of hers passed away. But as any Woman of the Year does, Allen weathered the storm and came out on top with a smile on her face, of course.
4. Katherine Hepburn
Actress Katherine Hepburn was never named GQ’s Woman of The Year, but she did star in a movie called, Woman of the Year, in 1942. Co-starring Spencer Tracey, this MGM comedy-drama movie did get Ms. Hepburn nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. The movie also won the Best Screenplay Oscar, but it was actually written by two men, Michael Kanin and Ring Lardner, Jr. In 1981, Woman of The Year was made into a Broadway musical starring Lauren Bacall, who won a Tony for her performance.
3. Megan Fox
Megan Fox won the perhaps even more coveted, title of Obsession of the Year, in 2008 by American GQ Magazine. So, why was she such as obsession that year? It was her breakout role in Transformers that made her so noteworthy, at least to men everywhere. Not the most well eloquent woman, Fox said in an interview with the magazine, “If you eat Chinese food, your farts come out like Chinese food. If you eat Mexican food, your farts come out like Mexican food. And milk, it’s like—you can smell the warmth in the fart. My wardrobe on Transformers always smells like farts, and I have no idea why.” Fox is a fox and knows about farts… All men can be obsessed with that.
2. Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson hasn’t won GQ Woman of The Year…yet. But in 2013, she was on rival magazine, Esquire’s Women of The Year list, which is pretty darn close. The daughter of actress, Melanie Griffith and actor Don Johnson, she is bound to win or at least get nominated in 2015, for Woman of the Year because her career is about to heat up big. Johnson was cast in the coveted role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming hit (and with $95 million in book sales, the movie will most certainly be a hit), Fifty Shades of Grey, which is going to be released on Valentine’s Day in 2015.
1. Miley Cyrus (almost…)
Okay, so Miley Cyrus was never nominated or won GQ’s Woman of The Year Award, but she almost won Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 2013. At one point, she was in the lead with Time’s online poll, ranking in at nearly a 30%. It’s understandable, as it was the year her twerk rocked the world. However, she never really had a shot because Time Magazine has not named a female Person Of The Year in 28 years! The last female winner was Corozon Aquino, in 1986. If you didn’t know who Corozon Aquino was, she was the 11th president of The Philippines. So, who did Miley lose to in 2013? Jimmy Fallon, Barak Obama, Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon.com) and many others. Who was the big winner? Pope Francis. In all fairness to Miley, it’s okay to lose to the Pope.