Lindsey Vonn, Mia Hamm & Lisa Leslie: The Game Changers
They are Women of the Year because: “Lindsey’s in a long line of great athletes in individual sports. Lisa and Mia represent something new: female superstars in team sports. Prior to Title IX, few girls had opportunities for high-level competition in team sports. Now it’s a given.”
—Bob Costas, NBC sportscaster
Stylist: Rachael Wang; set design: Kent Casey for The Rex Agency; hair: Robert Ramos for Celestine Agency; makeup: Kayleen McAdams for The Wall Group; hair (Lisa Leslie): Boogie; makeup (Lisa Leslie): Autumn Moultrie; manicure: Naja for Celestine Agency
Don’t let the serene faces and pretty white dresses above fool you. These women like to break things. Like records: Soccer great Mia Hamm is among the game’s top scorers ever, male or female. And stereotypes: Basketball star Lisa Leslie was the first woman to slam-dunk in a pro game. And new ground: Lindsey Vonn, one of the world’s most decorated skiers, is the first American woman to win Olympic gold in the downhill event.
Twenty years ago, when Glamour began honoring Women of the Year, there was no WNBA, women didn’t compete in Olympic-level soccer or typically ski at speeds that are illegal for cars. “When I was 12, there wasn’t a girls’ basketball team,” says Leslie, 38, who recently retired from the L.A. Sparks. “The boys wouldn’t throw me the ball, but when they finally realized I could shoot very well, even the parents would be like, ‘Give it to the girl! Give it to the girl!’”