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Nina Garcia Named USA Today’s 2022 Women of the Year

ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia has been named one of USA Today’s 2022 Women of the Year, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, philanthropist Melinda French Gates and more.

Garcia, who was born in Colombia and became the first Latina to head a major fashion magazine in the US, is known for her uplifting Latinx voices with her role on ELLE. She previously spoke about her responsibility as she took home a CFDA Fashion Award for Best Media in November. “My mission is so clear,” she said at the time. “Now, more than ever, it’s important to use our platform to tell stories that cheer other women up and have conversations that might not be so comfortable. We must be bold; we must be courageous; and we must certainly usher in a new era of fashion, an era that is transparent, accountable and representative.”

Along with Garcia, Biles is recognized for sparking conversations about mental health in sports, Gates for her contributions to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Harris for becoming the country’s first female vice president. is. Other national honors include: Rosalind Brewer, the only black CEO of an S&P 500 company; Kizzmekia Corbett, the National Institute of Health’s lead scientist for coronavirus vaccine research, who helped develop the COVID-19 vaccine; Heather Cox Richardson, who manages the letters of a US newsletter; Roopali Desai, a lawyer who defended the integrity of the 2020 presidential election and helped launch a recreational marijuana program; Cheryl Horn, who advocates for missing native women in Montana; Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health and the highest-ranking openly transgender US official; Janet Murguía, President and CEO of UnidosUS; and Linda Zhang, chief engineer behind the all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning. The list also recognizes local representatives from each state.

This impressive roster of women was nominated by USA Today Network readers and contributors, plus a diverse panel including Anthea M. Hartig, director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; Cid Wilson, Chairman and CEO; Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility; and Maribel Perez Wadsworth, president of news at Gannett Media and publisher of USA Today.

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