Queen and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe among winners of Harper’s Bazaar

Actress Viola Davis and rapper Little Simz were also honored at Thursday’s ceremony.

November 11, 2022

The Queen and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe were honored among the winners of the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards.

The luxury fashion magazine’s annual ceremony, which took place at Claridge’s in London, was hosted by Nicholas Hoult, Lashana Lynch and Lesley Manville along with other stars.

Harper’s Bazaar has named the Queen – who died in September – Woman of the Year, celebrating her compassion, courage and level-headed leadership as Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

Little Simz with the Musician Award, at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year 2022 (Ian West/PA)

Lydia Slater, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, said, “Our talented winners have made extraordinary contributions to the fields of fashion, film, art, literature, music and activism.

“We are delighted to have been able to celebrate these truly inspiring women in the company of our friends and supporters.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe received the inspirational award after being imprisoned in Iran for six years before her release earlier this year.

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Viola Davis at the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards at Claridges, London (Ian West/PA)

Icon winner actress Viola Davis spoke to Harper’s Bazaar ahead of the party, saying, “When I’m home, I don’t feel like an icon.

“I always watch little Viola wetting her bed and just trying to find a meal every day thinking, ‘OK, now I’m an icon?'”

She also spoke about her role in The Woman King, which is inspired by the true story of the Agojie, an all-female army who fought to protect the West African kingdom of Dahomey with their formidable skills.

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Anya Taylor-Joy at the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards (Ian West/PA)

“When I was little, I always imagined being in a movie like this,” the 57-year-old said.

“You watch Gladiator or Wonder Woman and see yourself in it, but then you never get those scripts sent to you.

“When you get a story like The Woman King, it resurrects you. I have dark skin, I have a deep voice.

“All my life, I was told that I was too strong, too masculine. We redefine what it means to be feminine in this film. It freed me. »

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Actress Viola Davis won the Icon Award and addressed Harper’s Bazaar ahead of the awards show (Harper’s Bazaar)

Mercury Music Prize and Brit Award 2022 winner Little Simz, 28, who received the Musician’s Award, spoke to the magazine about being guided by a higher power.

She said: “It is my personal belief that I am a human being, and I don’t feel right about taking credit for all these gifts that I have…I have to be blessed somehow. ‘another one.

“There have been shows where I’ve been on the verge of passing out or throwing up, and I feel like it wasn’t just me that got me through the performance.

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Little Simz received the Musician award and spoke to the magazine about being guided by a higher power (Harper’s Bazaar)

“I always feel like something is supporting me, supporting me, caring for me and has plans for me. For me, it just helps to know that it’s above me – it’s not not really about me.

Anya Taylor-Joy also received the actress award for her unwavering commitment to creativity, lighting up screens with performances including in this year’s The Northman and The Menu.

British-American actress Sienna Miller, Euphoria’s Maude Apatow, model Lauren Wasser, Dior’s first female creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and writer Kate Atkinson were also honoured.

The full interviews with Davis and Little Simz are in the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale Friday.

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