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J. Crew's Jenna Lyons Explains That 'Coming Out' Speech

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Jenna Lyons spoke to the New York Times about her growing celebrity over the past decade ("I keep my sunglasses on. Too bad I'm six feet tall"), culminating in a very public divorce, and an equally public "coming out" announcement at this year's Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Recall, in her acceptance speech for the award she thanked "Courtney, who has shown me new love," referring to her girlfriend Courtney Crangi.

She explained that she wasn't trying to "cause a stir," but "felt it was time to acknowledge her relationship," as the Times paraphrases. She goes on to say that "It's just as surprising to me as it probably is to everyone else. It certainly is strange to wake up, at 44, and look at the person next to you and think: 'Oh! This wasn't what I expected.' But I don't think love works that way, and I am O.K. with that."
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