100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

k.d. lang

Back in 1992, when Canadian singer-songwriter k.d. lang hit the Billboard pop charts-with a background in nutty performance art and serious country music-she changed the game. Always androgynous, she wasn´t afraid to dress like a man; when she officially came out that year, she quickly became the ″lesbian chic″ poster boi and got shaved by a provocative Cindy Crawford on the cover of Vanity Fair. Though she´s still best-remembered for Ingenue, her breakthrough 1992 album featuring the smash hit ″Constant Craving,″ her star has continued to rise. She´s received a total of four Grammys, the latest for her work with legendary singer Tony Bennett. This past winter, she appeared in the Broadway musical After Midnight, and in 2013 was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards. During that ceremony, she professed her love for her native country, and encouraged everyone to let their ″freak flags fly″ and ″embrace the quirkmeister″ inside themselves. Something tells us k.d. lang will be doing that for many years to come. -GH

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