The same year that Cindi Leive ascended to the position of editor in chief at Glamour magazine, the publication posthumously honored Moira Smith, the only female NYPD officer who died in the 9/11 attacks. Smith was celebrated in 2001 at the magazine’s “Women of the Year” gala alongside Tahmeena Faryal of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), Diane Sawyer and others.
But all these years later, Smith’s husband James has decided he no longer wants any part of the Glamour magazine award. In a letter to Leive, he explained why:
Dear Ms. Leive,
On October 29th, 2001 I was honored to accept the Glamour magazine “Woman of the Year” Award posthumously given to my wife, Police Officer Moira Smith. Moira was killed on September 11th, 2001 while rescuing thousands from the World Trade Center. EMT Yamel Merino was also posthumously honored that evening for her heroism.
I was shocked and saddened to learn that Glamour has just named Bruce Jenner “Woman of the Year.” I find it insulting to Moira Smith’s memory, and the memory of other heroic women who have earned this award. Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man? At a time when we have women in the armed forces fighting and dying for our country, heroic doctors fighting deadly diseases, women police officers and firefighters putting their lives on the line for total strangers, brave women overcoming life-threatening diseases… The list of possibilities goes on… Is this the best you could do?
I can only guess that this was a publicity stunt meant to resuscitate a dying medium. After discussing this slap in the face to the memory of our Hero with my family, I have decided to return Moira’s award to Glamour magazine.
A spokesman for Glamour confirmed to the New York Post that they received via FedEx Smith’s letter and returned award, but stand by the selection of Jenner. The magazine’s 2015 “Women of the Year” were celebrated Nov. 9 at Carnegie Hall.