Photographs by Mario Sorrenti. Styled by George Cortina.
Tracee Ellis Ross
For her we’re always thankful, but this year especially. For being both brilliant and hilarious, and for being the first black woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy since 1982. For her wit and grace, her flawless Instagram presence and impeccable style—everything about Tracee Ellis Ross inspires.
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For returning after years of being bullied, belittled, abused, and denied her own creative vision with the deeply personal song “Praying”—which, amidst near daily revelations of sexual abuse and misconduct, has become the year’s most cathartic and necessary pop music anthem.
Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, and Marilyn Minter
For Laurie Anderson and her Performa 17 tribute to Yoko Ono, a recreation of one of her instruction paintings, Voice Piece for Soprano. The 1961 original called on viewers to scream—”against the wind, against the wall, against the sky”—and so, at Anderson’s command, everyone at the gala dinner did for 30 uninterrupted, very loud seconds. After a year under Donald Trump, it must have been a moment of catharsis. For the great Marilyn Minter, too, we’re thankful—she gave Anderson the idea to make Ono’s primal scream a simple act of protest on the anniversary of Trump’s election. (And for all her Resist-ing.)