100 WOMEN WE LOVE 2008

Hats off to the 100 Women We Love, class of 2008 (in no particular order, ’cause we love ’em all!).

Chantal Carrere

“Everybody kept telling me I was funny,” says comedian and soon-to-be reality star Chantal Carrere of her segue into the biz. “Then I got dumped and I was like, I have nothing to lose, so I’ll just try it. I think that’s how a lot of comics start out—broken and abused.” But from humble beginnings came great things for Carrere, who has since emerged as a successful standup, and recently wrapped filming on ABC’s Fat March, a reality show about 12 overweight people who walk nearly 600 miles from Boston to Washington, DC. “It’s over. I won,” she says. “Well, six of us won…I won 40 grand. I lost 51 pounds. It was amazing.” Next up: AIDS Lifecycle in June, the Nike Women’s Marathon in October, and her 2008 comedy tour, which is already in swing. “I’m bringing funny back,” she says, “how ‘bout that?” –CL

In no particular order…