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Chatting with Glamour Woman of the Year Honoree Carissa Moore

Glamour’s Connie Anne Phillips, surfer Carissa Moore and Glamour EIC Cindi Leive

IBeyoncé said it, it must be true — girls run the world! Each year, Glamour hosts their annual Women of the Year Awards to celebrate the amazing impact women are making around the world in different industries and areas.

This year’s celebration was held in New York’s Carnegie Hall, which was filled with presenters and honorees such as Hilary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Marina Abramovic, Lena Dunham, Barbara Streisand, Kaitlin Roig-Debellis, America Ferrara, Malala Yousafzai and more.

We were thrilled to see a very familiar face (and honoree) in the crowd — two-time ASP World Surfing Champion Carissa Moore. The 21-year-old Target athlete has raised the profile of women’s surfing, inspiring a new generation of girls who aren’t afraid to make a splash. Carissa is pure power, whether she’s on a board or  blogging about overcoming body issues in a sport where bikinis are the uniform.

After a whirlwind evening, we had the chance to chat with Carissa about this year’s award show.

Did you have a great time at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards?
It was such an amazing night — I will never forget it. I got to bring my family, which was wonderful. Plus, I was in a room with literally some of the most amazing women of today. It was surreal to be surrounded by women who have such powerful stories and missions. I left wanting to go home and change the world!

What was your favorite part of the night?
I loved watching the videos of all the women and hearing their stories. I also really loved Lady Gaga’s and Malala Yousafzai’s speeches. Overall, it was just amazing to see a group of women with such passion and purpose in life. They all really inspired me.

Well, you’re one of those women! Were you excited to be honored?
I was honored, but I honestly didn’t realize how big of an honor it really was! When I first got the invite I was like Oh, this is cool! I’ll probably have a small snippet in the magazine. The next thing I knew I was prepping for this amazing seaside photo shoot and getting ready for Carnegie Hall. Once I heard about the other honorees, I was completely shocked and ecstatic to be included in such company.

Photo courtesy of Glamour

That photo shoot looked stunning!
I have never felt more glamorous in my entire life. I also never thought I’d be wearing a beautiful gown on Laguna Beach with my surfboard. There were these racks of designer clothing, and they told me to grab my board and head for the ocean. It was incredible!

You’ve had an incredible year. How does it feel to be a two-time world champ?
It was so awesome to clench the title for a second time. It’s been a dream of mine since I was little and to win a second time was incredible. This year it came down to the last event of the season. There was a lot of pressure and hype, but it was thrilling to be a part of that moment in the sport.

You really are an inspiration. Do you have any inspiring words to share with young women out there?
You can achieve any of your dreams if you just set your heart and mind to it — that’s what my dad always taught me. Just be you.  Your “you” is beautiful and amazing. If you’re happy, that’s all that matters. That’s my motto for life and surfing.

Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Glamour

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