When I first saw our elegant First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover of Glamour online featured as one of their Women of The Year 2009, I swooned. You could call me a Presidential groupie if you want (no Monica Lewinsky) but I heart Mrs. Obama and her equally fabulous husband. She is the epitome of style, poise, grace, and intelligence and she does it so effortlessly, I am simply in awe. Of course, who else would Glamour choose as one of their Women of the Year? Michelle has crossed every boundary imaginable as her and husband has risen to unthinkable heights as the first black Mr. and Mrs. to run the White House. But as much as I am overfilled with joy to see Michelle grace the cover and achieve this honor, I was more upset when I got my copy in the mail which had Rihanna on it.
Let me back up for a moment. I stan for Rihanna. I heart her. I enjoy her music, fashionista qualities, and she has overcome a lot this year. But should she be named one of the Women of the Year? I think not. There are so many women who deserve that title. And honestly, if the Bajan beauty had not been abused by her ex-boyfriend and pop star Chris Brown, would she have been included on the list? I think this was a terrible choice on the behalf of Glamour magazine, but I also know that scandal and popularity sells magazines, and that is ultimately the goal of its publishers.
Another tale of selling out for the almighty dollar.
Who are the 12 Women of the Year Glamour chose? Let’s see: Michelle Obama, Maria Shriver, Stella McCartney, Amy Poehler, Marissa Mayer (Google), Serena Williams, Jane Aronson (Adoption advocate), Susan Rice (UN Ambassador), Euna Lee and Laura Ling, Maya Angelou, and RIHANNA.
One of these things does not fit. Can you guess? And before you say Amy Poehler, I am slightly on the fence about her as well. But Amy (along with Tina Fey) has risen in the ranks in a mostly male dominated comedy genre as a formidable entertainer and that deserves kudos IMO).
Again, I am not throwing any hate or shade on Rihanna. She is a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment business but I think we need to see more of how her career and her past domestic abuse has shaped her than to just hand over the title to her. I think its much too early to make that type of determination now for she is still healing. I don’t see any PSA’s or her lending her voice to the cause for a domestic abuse agency. So no other than being in the spotlight while going through the ordeal, how does she deserve to be on this list?