For its September Fall Fashion & Beauty issue, Glamour scouted out 54 people who represent what it means to be a modern American woman for an epic feature. The list includes everyone from models—Iman, Ashley Graham, Hari Nef—to fashion industry insiders—Jennifer Meyer, Eva Chen—to influencers—Tavi Gevinson, Jasmine Sanders, and beyond. The glossy asked each one to define herself, and some of the responses may surprise you. Below, we’ve rounded up a few of our faves.
Carolyn Murphy: “Carolyn Murphy is a devoted mother and hard worker who lives by her convictions. She’s interested in listening to other people’s stories.”
Eva Chen: “Eva Chen is happiest when she’s at home watching ‘Game of Thrones’ in her pajamas, even though her Instagram might indicate otherwise.”
Ashley Graham: “Ashley Graham is a girls’ girl, a Beyoncé fan, and a Snapchat artist who never turns down an opportunity to dance in her underwear. She believes that words have power—and that every woman should remind herself every day that she is bold, brilliant, and beautiful.”
Tavi Gevinson: “Tavi Gevinson is a writer, an actress, and the editor of Rookie, who cherishes inside jokes and the smells of other people’s homes. She dreams of being a Pulitzer Prize–winning pastry critic and a friendly ghost.”
Hari Nef: “Hari Nef is an actress, a model, an activist—she’s many other things besides that, but y’all will just have to figure it out!”
Jennifer Meyer: “Jennifer Meyer is a happy, excited, passionate, loyal, loving mom and a jewelry designer. She has never once wished she were a man.”