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Zaha Hadid Crowned a Glamour Mag Woman of the Year

Zaha Hadid has seen her face as a jack o' lantern and as the Wicked Witch of the West, but today she gets a far more, uh, glamorous accolade: she's just been named one of Glamour's Women of the Year. The Iraqi-born British architect, who won the Stirling Prize last year and has since unveiled the London Olympics Aqautics Centre, an utterly insane "spaceship house" for supermodel Naomi Campbell, a decorative egg for Fabergé, and perfumes for Donna Karan, tells the magazine that she "always wanted to be an architect" and is often inspired by "rivers, dunes," and "the fluid landscape of the Middle East." Something she hasn't tackled yet? "A skyscraper in New York," says Hadid. (Incidentally, her proposal for a 669-foot-tall, 40-story "structure of timeless elegance" that "reflects the complex and sophisticated age in which it was created" has just been passed over in favor of a Norman Foster design.) Anyway, this latest Glamour honor places Hadid in the company of Girls creator Lena Dunham, photographer Annie Leibovitz, and, amazingly, 20-year-old actress Selena Gomez. Read the full interview, right this way.

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· Architect-in-Chief [Glamour via Architizer]
· All Zaha Hadid coverage [Curbed National]