Caitlyn Jenner may not have really trumped Noah Galloway or college basketball player Lauren Hill to become the recipient of the 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs, but she did elbow out her stepdaughter Kim Kardashian West to secure another accolade. Jenner has made it to the top 10 of the Woman’s Hour Power List of 2015.
Kardashian West also was considered for the British list, which honors influential women from different industries and walks of life, but she failed to crack the top 10. "Initially ... many of us felt that Kim Kardashian would have to appear somewhere -- not because any of us felt any particular admiration for the woman, but simply because her influence on millions of women worldwide is undeniable,” Daily Mail columnist Sarah Vine said. The BBC reports that Vine is one of the judges who decided this year’s Power List.
"But then the Caitlyn Jenner story broke and I, in particular, felt that she trumped all others in the celebrity stakes," Vine said, referring to Jenner's transition into a woman. Jenner landed in the No. 7 spot on the list.
Another notable name on the list from the entertainment and media industry is that of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, who holds the No. 2 spot. Wintour was given such a high position due to her ability to dictate “what to wear, how to look and who to celebrate.” Wintour was trumped on the British list only by Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party.
Woman’s Hour editor Alice Feinstein explained the unconventional choices that were made in forming this year’s list. "The way power operates in today's global, interconnected society is not straightforward. Brokers of hard power -- like prime ministers, presidents and CEOs -- are no longer calling all the shots,” she said.
The list was revealed by BBC radio on Wednesday. It featured women from politics, fashion, journalism, business and entertainment. See the full list below:
Woman's Hour Power List 2015 - Top 10 influencers
1. Nicola Sturgeon - leader of the Scottish National Party
2. Anna Wintour - editor-in-chief of Vogue
3. Angelina Jolie Pitt - actor, director and humanitarian ambassador
4. Katharine Viner - editor of the Guardian
5. Camilla Cavendish - director of Downing Street Policy Unit
6. Sia - singer, songwriter and music video director
7. Caitlyn Jenner - high-profile trans woman
8. Karen Blackett, CEO, MediaCom UK
9. Zanny Minton Beddoes - editor-in-chief of the Economist
10. Sara Khan - co-founder of Inspire