Since 1979, the year Chatelaine introduced its very first Woman of the Year (Diane Jones-Konihowski, a champion pentathlete), we’ve awarded the title to superstars spanning the arts, politics, business and beyond. Cultural heavyweight Margaret Atwood (1981), Kim Campbell, Canada’s first female prime minister (1994) and emerging country star k.d. lang (1988) have all held the honour. Here, a few of our most memorable covers.
The woman: KD Lang
The year: 1988
The exuberant headline “Yippee-I-O KD!” introduced Chatelaine readers to the pride of Consort, Alta., then a country-style crooner with a “don’t-mess-with-me tomboy alto” trying to break big in Nashville. Also in Lang’s vocal repertoire, according to writer Jay Scott: growling “like a bulldog,” yodelling “like a hillbilly on a Saturday night” and soaring “operatically like a diva.” What range!
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