Caitlyn Jenner, Reese Witherspoon honored at Glamour Awards

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NEW YORK (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner, one of the most talked about women in the world, accepted a Glamour woman of the year award on Monday, telling an admiring crowd that she believes she was put on Earth to tell her story and make a difference in the world.

Jenner, one of a group of honorees that included actress Reese Witherspoon, dancer Misty Copeland and designer Victoria Beckham, also said that, in case anyone was wondering, "I'm very happy to be living on the other side."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: TV personality Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Chris Rock, A. J. Calloway and Caitlyn Jenner attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Caitlyn Jenner is seen on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: Caitlyn Jenner is seen on the streets of Manhattan on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/GC Images)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Executive Producer Caitlyn Jenner speaks at the AOL 2016 MAKERS conference at Terranea Resort on February 2, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: Tv personality Candis Cayne (L) and executive producer/tv personality Caitlyn Jenner speak onstage during the 'I Am Cait' panel discussion at the NBCUniversal portion of the 2016 Winter TCA Tour at Langham Hotel on January 14, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Caitlyn Jenner Hosts Special Screening Of 'Tangerine' at Landmark Nuart Theatre on January 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Caitlyn Jenner speaks to the Chicago House luncheon at the Hilton Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner attends Glamour's 25th Anniversary Women Of The Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 08: Caitlyn Jenner seen at the Soho House for dinner on November 08, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Caitlyn Jenner seen leaving 'Therese Raquin' on Broadway in Midtown on November 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Caitlyn Jenner attends Logo TV's 'Beautiful As I Want To Be' web series launch party at The Standard Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Chandi Moore, Candis Cayne, Caitlyn Jenner and Geena Rocero attend Logo TV's 'Beautiful As I Want To Be' Web Series Launch Party at The Standard Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Caitlyn Jenner attends Logo TV's 'Beautiful As I Want To Be' Web Series Launch Party at The Standard Hotel on October 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: TV personality and activist Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation's Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point Foundation)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Caitlyn Jenner attends the 8th Annual Safety Harbor Kids Polo Classic Fundraiser at Will Rogers State Historic Park on September 12, 2015 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Caitlyn Jenner is seen on September 03, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Caitlyn Jenner attends Culture Club's performance at the Greek Theatre on July 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Nederlander)
Photo by: Joel Mark/STAR MAX/IPx ©2015 7/16/15 Caitlyn Jenner at The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. (Del Mar, CA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: Caitlyn Jenner introduces Boy George and Culture Club at The Greek Theatre on July 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Caitlyn Jenner is seen in Tribeca on June 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Caitlyn Jenner arrives at Patrica Field store in Soho on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Caitlyn Jenner is seen coming out of Patricia Field store in New York City on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Caitlyn Jenner is seen on June 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/GC Images)
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She said that before she had come out as a woman, she stayed home most of the time. "Now," she said to cheers, "I actually like going out, and being myself."

Jenner described her journey to becoming a woman, and spoke of how she sat down with her children to discuss her plans to go public. She said she had realized that perhaps "this is why God put me on this earth, to tell my story ... and make a difference in the world."

Jenner is not the first transgender woman to be a Glamour Woman of the Year; last year, actress Laverne Cox was honored. Still, Jenner's inclusion sparked some backlash on social media. "We prefer to focus on the positive," Jenner said through a spokesman ahead of the announcement.

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Laverne Cox arrives at Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" Q&A Screening at the Director Guild of America on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox arrives at the at 10th Annual Global Women's Rights Awards on Monday, May 18, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox attends the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria on Saturday, May 9, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "The Wannabe" on Friday, April 17, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox seen at backstage at the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy's during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox attends the International Emmy Awards gala at the New York Hilton on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox attends the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Uzo Aduba, from left, Laverne Cox and Taylor Schilling speak at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox arrives at Variety and Women in Film's pre-Emmy celebration at Gracias Madre on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox, right, and Gloria Cox attend the Governors Ball at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Laverne Cox at Netflix's FYC "Orange is the New Black" Emmy Panel on Monday, August 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/Invision for Netflix/AP Images)
Laverne Cox arrives at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, April 12, 2014. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actor Laverne Cox participates in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Presents 10 Years After "The Prime Time Closet - A History Of Gays And Lesbians On TV" panel, on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
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Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief, told The Associated Press that criticism of Jenner's inclusion "certainly gives you an appreciation for the hostility to the trans community that still exists out there."

The annual ceremony at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan mixes high-wattage celebrities with lesser known names, and this year, the award winners include five women touched by the South Carolina church massacre — Alana Simmons, Nadine Collier, Bethane Middleton-Brown, Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard — and lauded in the aftermath as "The Peacemakers of Charleston." Also among those honored: Entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, Planned Parenthoood's Cecile Richards and the victorious U.S. women's soccer team.

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Copeland, who became the first female African-American principal at American Ballet Theatre in June, took the opportunity to serve as a role model in accepting her award.

"Thank you for honoring a black ballerina." To the young girls seated in the balcony from various schools and girls clubs, she said, "We're trying to set the best example for you."

Witherspoon gave the final speech of the night, speaking passionately about female ambition. "I believe ambition is not a dirty word," she said.

Witherspoon co-founded a production company, Pacific Standard, which aims to make films featuring strong female lead roles as way to fight the gender gap in Hollywood. The company's "Wild" and "Gone Girl" earned Oscar nominations for Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Rosamund Pike.

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Actress Reese Witherspoon, right, and Shannon Rotenberg attends the 2015 CISLA Annual Gala in Los Angeles on Monday, May 18, 2015. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 4: Reese Witherspoon at Good Morning America promoting her new film, 'Hot Pursuit' on May 4, 2015 in New York City. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
Reese Witherspoon seen at the New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Premiere of "Hot Pursuit" on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara arrive at the LA Premiere Of "Hot Pursuit" held at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Los Angeles (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Reese Witherspoon, left, and Sofia Vergara, cast members in the upcoming film "Hot Pursuit," pose together before the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon 2015 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Sofia Vergara, left, and Reese Witherspoon arrive at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
Reese Witherspoon arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
TELLURIDE, CO - AUGUST 30: Actress Reese Witherspoon speaks at a seminar at Elks Park at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival - Day 2 on August 30, 2014 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images For Telluride Film Festival)
TELLURIDE, CO - AUGUST 30: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 2014 Telluride Film Festival - Day 2 on August 30, 2014 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images For Telluride Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 21: Reese Witherspoon is seen on August 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Reese Witherspoon is seen on August 08, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 07: Reese Witherspoon is seen on August 07, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 06: Reese Witherspoon is seen in Beverly Hills on August 06, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 31: Reese Witherspoon is seen in Beverly Hills on July 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Reese Witherspoon attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Reese Witherspoon, Stella McCartney and Kate Bosworth attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Reese Witherspoon, Stella McCartney and Kate Bosworth attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 29: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends The Colleagues' 26th Annual Spring Luncheon at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on April 29, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Witherspoon described her quest to give more actresses leading roles in films — "not the wife or the girlfriend, but the lead," she said.

Among the achievements of some of this year's other honorees:

Beckham gained fame as a Spice Girl, but has since become a highly respected fashion designer.

The U.S. women's soccer team handily defeated Japan to win the 2015 World Cup in July, and was recently welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama.

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